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Panama City Man Convicted Of Arson for Burning Car

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The State Attorney's Office says Jarrett Chase Reiber, 23, was convicted Tuesday of arson.

Assistant State Attorneys Christine Smallwood and Bob Pell showed jurors during the two-day trial that Reiber of 606 Reef Court, burned his 2009 Toyota hatchback the morning of January 9th, while it was parked in a gated community.

Reiber ignited charcoal briquettes in bowls in the backseat and passenger seat. The blaze consumed the car and caused it to explode. Smallwood told jurors that it wasn't just the destruction of Reiber’s car that he was charged with, but the damage to the pavement of a private road beneath the car.

Reiber was found guilty as charged of second-degree arson. He faces up to fifteen years in prison when Circuit Judge Elijah Smiley sentences him June 16.