Businessman found not guilty of trying to torch pizzeria

mark mcalisterMedford, Ore. — A Medford man accused of trying to blow up his business is found not guilty on all charges.

A Jackson County jury delivering the verdict Wednesday night after more than a week of testimony. Mark McAlister was charged with 3 counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree arson.

Police said in February of 2014, McAlister and Brian Morris conspired to break a natural gas line inside McAlister’s Little Caesar’s franchise in Ashland, and left a candle near the leak in an attempt to destroy it.

Morris pleaded guilty in October to attempt to commit a felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 9th.

 

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