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Milledgeville Man Gets Reward in Deadly Arson Case

A Milledgeville man who helped investigators solve a deadly arson case in Jones County will receive a $3,000 reward next week.

The Georgia Arson Control along with the Jones County District Attorney's Office and the Jones County Sheriff's Office are making the presentation to Juandriqus Vandez Williams.

According to Jones County Assistant District Attorney Gregory Bushway, 52-year-old Mary Juniper died from burns she suffered when she set fire to her daughter's minivan.  It happened on Oct. 10, 2009 on Highway 49 near Cumslo Road.  

Investigators say Juniper and her daughter, Walesah Wilson,  burned the van to collect insurance money.

 Bushway says that Juniper poured gasoline in the van and when she ignited the fuel, she also caught fire.  

The women told investigators that Juniper had been kidnapped by a group of unknown men who set her and the minivan on fire. Investigators later found that the story was a hoax.

Bushway says that Juandriqus Williams was behind Juniper on the highway and told them there was no one else in or around the van when it caught fire.

 According to Bushway, Williams helped put out the flames that were on Juniper.

Deputies also pulled surveillance video of the places the women claimed the alleged kidnappers took Juniper. They say they found no proof that anyone else was involved.

Wilson was indicted on charges of  first degree arson and giving a false statement.  A Jones County grand jury decided against indicting her on felony murder charges.  Wilson pleaded guilty in September 2010 and was sentenced to 10 years for the arson charge and 5 years for the false statement charge. She has since been released on parole.

Juniper died 30 days after the fire at the Augusta burn center.  


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