Rush City Man Convicted of Attempted Arson
Paul James Irons, 42, was convicted by a jury of attempted arson of a dwelling in Chisago County District Court on Dec. 19, 2008.
He was immediately remanded to jail pending sentencing by the Honorable Robert Rancourt.
Irons was convicted of trying to burn down the home he rented in Rush City on Nov. 9, 2004. Chisago County Sheriff’s deputies were called to the residence and found the front door standing open and smelled an “overpowering” smell of gasoline emanating from inside the dwelling. Inside, they discovered two red five-gallon gasoline cans tipped up on end in the kitchen. Between them they found a matchbook with a partially burned cigarette inside. The cigarette had extinguished itself prior to igniting the matchbook. Deputies also noted all electronics and computer equipment had been removed from the home.
Irons’ DNA was found on the cigarette.
Irons was convicted after a three-day trial; the jury came back with a verdict after two and one-half hours of deliberation.
Assistant County Attorney Beth Beaman prosecuted the case.
Irons is facing a presumptive guidelines sentence of 24 months in prison and will be sentenced in February.