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Man gets prison for setting Lebanon Walmart fire

In October 2019, he pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree arson.

Posted: Jan 10, 2020 5:38 PM
Updated: Jan 10, 2020 6:05 PM

LEBANON, Ore. -- The man who set pool chemicals on fire inside the Lebanon Walmart in May 2019 has been sentenced.

Joel Reynolds Jr. of Lebanon will serve seven-and-a-half years in prison. He is not eligible for alternative sentencing programs. Reynolds must also complete three years of post-prison supervision.

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In October 2019, he pleaded no contest to one count of first-degree arson. 

Police said when they arrived to the store, employees had already started evacuating. 

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They said fire damage was mostly contained to one aisle, but the smoke contaminated a large portion of the store's interior. They later determined several chemicals had been mixed, which then ignited. 

Detectives said they quickly identified then 49-year-old Reynolds as the suspect. They arrested him without incident. 

Police said they've had multiple contacts with Reynolds. In 2018, they arrested him for theft at Walmart and he was trespassed from the store.

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