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Two Inmates Charged with Injuring Public Records After Starting File Room Fire

At approximately 6:55 PM, officers with the Franklin Police Department discovered a fire in a file room of the Police Department building after detecting smoke.

Posted: Feb 19, 2021 10:04 AM
Updated: Feb 19, 2021 10:50 AM

On February 18, 2021, at approximately 6:55 PM, officers with the Franklin Police Department discovered a fire in a file room of the Police Department building after detecting smoke. Upon further investigations into the cause of the fire, with the assistance of the Franklin Fire Department, contraband was located in a wall of the jail that is adjacent to a file room. Investigation efforts led to the arrests listed below in connection to the fire.

Lee Butler, 54, of Franklin, LA, while incarcerated at the Franklin Police Department, was arrested on February 19, 2021, at 1:32 AM, on the charges of aggravated arson, attempted second degree murder - 7 counts, second degree injuring public records, and contraband in penal institution. Butler was booked, processed, and transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center.

Eric Dennis, 35, of , Franklin, LA, while incarcerated at the Franklin Police Department, was arrested on February 19, 2021, at 2:11 AM, on the charges of attempted second degree murder - 7 counts, second degree injuring public records, contraband in penal institution, and aggravated arson. Dennis was booked, processed, and transported to the St. Mary Parish Law Enforcement Center.

According to Maizy Trahan ,Secretary to the Police Chief, the seven counts include every person excluding the suspects inside of the building at the time of the fire and the contraband involved appeared to be tobacco products.

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