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Man Sentenced in Connection with Mena Fire

A 26 year old Denison, Texas man was sentenced to five years in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release in U.S. District Court in Fort Smith last week, in addition to being ordered to pay $145,272 in restitution, in connection with an August incident in Mena.

Jacob Samuel Green was sentenced on one count of making willful threat by mail or telephone and one count of maliciously destroying or attempting to damage and destroy real or person property.

Early on August 3rd, the Mena Police Department received a telephone call on its nonemergency line that there was a bomb in one of the U.S. Postal Service vehicles at the Mena Post Office that would blow up when someone opened the door.

When police arrived at the scene, they discovered that a fire had been set in the Just for Kids resale store across the street. Firefighters extinguished the blaze, but there was substantial damage to the building and its contents.

The store was operated by the Polk County Developmental Center, a nonprofit corporation, with the proceeds providing services for people with disabilities.

Officers identified Green as the caller and traced the phone back to a Mena hotel room registered in his name. Police found Green, who they say admitted to both calling in the bomb threat and setting the store on fire. Green was indicted on January 15th, and entered a guilty plea on February 26th, according to court records.

The case was investigated by the Mena Police Department, Mena Fire Department, Polk County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Postal Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Fort Smith bomb squad.

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