A Nevada man charged in the May 2017 fire that killed two girls in Guthrie County was found guilty following a jury trial that had been moved to Monroe County.
The jury found Patrick Ryan Thompson, 27, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson on Monday.
Thompson faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison and was ordered to be held in jail without bond.
He will be sentenced at a later date.
It was the second trial in the case, which had originally been moved from Guthrie County to Decatur County, where a mistrial occurred after a disturbance in the courtoom caused jurors to be exposed to sources of information about the case.
According to a news release issued at the time of Thompson’s arrest, the Guthrie County Sheriff’s Office determined during the investigation of the May 15, 2017 fire, that a minor was the sole witness and victim in sexual abuse cases against two other relatives, James Exline and Noah Exline.
Thompson is James Exline’s stepson and Noah Exline’s stepbrother.
The victims of the fire were identified as Shakiah Cockerman, 16, and 12-year-old Melanie “Paige” Exline. The two adults who were injured in the fire were the girls’ uncle, William Long III, then 54, and their grandmother, 74-year-old Shirley Exline, who owned the home.
James Exline, 47, was previously found guilty in Greene County on second and third-degree sexual abuse charges and sentenced to a total of 75 years in prison. Noah Exline, 20, is also charged with second-degree sexual abuse. His trial is set for Oct. 30 in Greene County.
Attempts to reach attorney’s in the case were unsuccessful.