Cape Girardeau Man Found Guilty of Burning Neighbors' Cars

FEBRUARY 23, 2007 - Posted at 7:46 a.m. CST

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - A southeast Missouri jury on Wednesday found a Cape Girardeau man guilty of setting fire to two of his neighbors' cars.

A jury in Jackson recommended a three-year prison sentence for 45-year-old Johnny Dunger.

A circuit judge accepted the verdict and scheduled an April 16 sentencing for Dunger, and revoked Dunger's bond, setting a new bail at $100,000 cash.

Court testimony indicated that at 2:20 a.m. on June 14, 2006, victims Rachel Lamb and Brent Ellis heard an explosion outside their house, and then saw both of their cars on fire in their driveway.  Both cars were destroyed in the fire.

The Cape Girardeau Fire Dept. investigated and ruled that the fires had been intentionally set.