Inmate Indicted For Setting Fire, Endangering Deputies


Multiple indictments were filed against a Rutherford County Adult Detention Center inmate accused of felony aggravated arson and four counts of reckless endangerment, a Sheriff’s Office detective said Wednesday.

Anthony Henry Jackson, 31, who is homeless, was indicted on those charges along with introduction of contraband in a penal facility and misdemeanor vandalism, said Detective Randy Groce.

Jackson was accused of arson Feb. 28 inside his cell, the detective said.

Detention Center deputies quickly extinguished the small fire and moved inmates into another pod.

“Four employees were treated for smoke inhalation,” Groce said. “They were required to stay in the pod longer so they were exposed to a lot more smoke than the inmates were.”

Jackson was charged with reckless endangerment of the deputies, the detective said.

The aggravated arson indictment is among the most serious of felony charges and carries a longer sentence.

Jackson was being held at the detention center on original charges of robbery, aggravated burglary, theft, evading arrest, resisting arrest and leaving the scene of an accident with property damages filed by Murfreesboro Police.

He is also being held on vandalism charges filed by sheriff’s deputies.

Jackson is scheduled to be in Circuit Court April 24 on the aggravated arson and reckless endangerment indictments. He is set to be in General Sessions Court May 1 on the remaining charges.

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