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INDEPENDENCE — An Independence man has been charged with arson for allegedly setting fire to his deceased neighbor's home.
On April 22, deputies from the Grayson County Sheriff's Office responded to a suspected arson at 7052 Carsonville Road in Independence.
Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan said that the owner of the residence, Oscar Lee Young, had been hospitalized in Winston-Salem, N.C., and passed away that same day from an unrelated illness.
The fire damage was discovered by Young's brother, Dean Young, who had come by to check the residence. The damage was estimated to be between $40,000 and $50,000.
The investigation revealed that there was forced entry into the residence. Vaughan said burn patterns consistent with arson were located in the living room area.
While canvassing the neighborhood, investigators developed a suspect — Jason Lee Wroten, 29, of 7114 Carsonville Road — who lived within 200 yards of the victim's residence.
Wroten was transported to the Virginia State Police Headquarters in Wytheville for a polygraph examination. He was arrested and charged with arson, larceny and breaking and entering.
Wroten is being held in New River Valley Regional Jail with no bond.
Chief Deputy Mike Hash, Lt. David Ashby, and Cpl. Adam Horton conducted the investigation.