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Church arsonist granted parole

Almost three years after his first chance at parole failed, church arsonist Stacey Dewayne McCowell was to have been paroled Monday, March 12, after spending nearly his entire adult life in prison. On June 30, 2009, McCowell, about age 37, was to have been paroled from a sentence that totaled 327 years in all on a variety of charges in several counties. However, that parole was revoked before McCowell left prison. His Lamar County charges included escape, burglary, interference with government property and vandalism to a church. He has been incarcerated since July 27, 1995, when he was about 21 years old. McCowell will remain on parole until Aug. 21, 2085 ‘“ eight months longer than his original parole end date of Dec. 11, 2084. Along with several other young men, McCowell was also convicted in Peach, Monroe, Pike, Upson, Clayton, Jones, Putnam and Spalding counties for 35 counts of burglary, theft by taking, 15 counts vandalism to a place of worship, first degree forgery, escape, interference with government property, criminal trespass and arson. While on parole he will live in Monroe County. He has a long list of special parole conditions that includes getting a job and making child support payments, submitting to unannounced searches and getting a GED. He will not be allowed to own weapons or leave the state. McCowell is a white male, standing 6 feet tall at 147 pounds with green eyes, blonde hair and tattoos on his arms, back and chest

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