Boardman PD: Man said he got high, burned mom’s house down

rayshawn gilmore arrested by boardman ohio police charged with arson

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Early Tuesday morning, Boardman Police arrested a Youngstown man who is accused of breaking into his mother’s house and setting it on fire, according to a police report.

During the process of booking Rayshawn Gilmore, 25, Boardman Police reported that he said he, “‘got high and burned her house down.”

Police arrested Gilmore on a warrant after being called to a house where he was reportedly screaming and trying to gain entry, according to the report.

In April, a Mahoning County grand jury indicted Gilmore on charges of aggravated arson, arson and burglary in connection to a May 15, 2014, fire on the city’s north side.

The fire with which Gilmore is charged happened on Fairgreen Avenue near the intersection of Covington Street.

Prosecutors said Gilmore and his mother had an argument earlier in the day and Gilmore went to the house later and set it on fire, causing approximately $8,000 in damage.

This is not the first time Gilmore has been in trouble. Court records show he was indicted in May 2009 on a charge of cocaine possession, to which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years of probation. His probation terms required that he receive drug treatment through Community Corrections Association and receive his GED.

Court records show he twice violated his probation and was sentenced to 30 days in jail for each.

In February of 2012, Gilmore was indicted on a weapons charge, to which he pleaded guilty in June of that year, court records show. In May of that same year, he was indicted on a charge of breaking and entering and the two cases were combined for sentencing purposes. He was sentenced to one year in prison on Aug. 15, 2012.

On Sept. 28, 2012, while serving his sentence at the Lorain Correctional Institute, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction wrote a letter to the court asking that Gilmore be entered into the “second chance program,” which the judge approved, court records show.

The program is aimed at non-violent offenders and allows them to be released from prison, with credit for time served, under the supervision of a probation officer. The offenders who enter the program must complete certain requirements. Court records do not indicate if Gilmore successfully completed the program.

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