McCUNE — A woman suspected of a string of arsons in McCune has been formally charged with six counts of residential arson and one count of aggravated arson.
According to a release from the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office, on Monday, investigators from the Kansas State Fire marshal’s Office and CRSO arrested Sherry L. Kerby, 46, of McCune, on one count of arson of a dwelling.
On Wednesday, Kerby made her first appearance in Crawford County District Court by video from the Crawford County Jail.
Kerby was charged with one count of aggravated arson and six counts of residential arson.
Aggravated arson, is a level 3 person felony, carrying a possible 55 to 247 month prison sentence, 36 months post release supervision and a potential fine $300,000 fine plus any restitution.
Residential arson, is a level 6 felony, carrying a potential sentence of 17 to 46 months incarceration 24 months post release supervision and up to a $100,000 fine plus any restitution.
District Court Judge Kurtis Loy appointed Mark Fern to represent Kerby, and set bond at $250,000.
According to the Crawford County Register of Deeds Office, none of the properties were owned by the same person or persons.
In August of last year the McCune City Council offered a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for a string of arsons in the area.
Kerby’s arrest was made after almost three years of investigation by the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office into the intentional burning of 13 structures in McCune from Sept. 5, 2015 to July 3, 2018.
Although Kerby was arrested in the matter, these and other arsons remain under investigation by the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone having information related to these incidents, or other crimes, is urged to contact the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office at 620-724-8274, or the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office at 785-296-3401.
Her next court date is set for August 23 in Girard.
— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at email@example.com or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.