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Man found guilty of murder and arson in Cave Junction

Richard Mark Webb
Oregon State Police photo A jury found Richard Mark Webb guilty of murder and arson in Josephine County Circuit Court surrounding a Jan. 15, 2019, fire in which investigators found the body of 66-year-old Donald Thomas. webb will be sentenced Dec. 23, and two other suspects are scheduled to stand trial early next year.

A man, one of four suspects, will be sentenced later this week for his role in a 2019 homicide and arson in Josephine County.

A jury found Richard M. Webb, 39, guilty last week in Josephine County Circuit Court on two counts of first-degree murder, one count of first-degree arson and first-degree burglary for his involvement in a Jan. 16, 2019, murder and fire at 150 E. River St., Cave Junction, where police found the body of 66-year-old Donald M. Thomas.

Webb is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 23, Josephine County Circuit Court records show.

According to an Oregon State Police news release issued Monday, the investigation had gone cold for 10 months in 2019. The break in the case came when a witness identified as Clarabelle Compton came forward, and provided a statement that named the four suspects.

Another suspect, Justin Robert Mason, 31, was sentenced to 75 months in April after pleading guilty in January to second-degree manslaughter and first-degree burglary for his involvement in the arson and homicide.

Two other suspects, Kenny Liegh Webb, 37, and Dakota James Crow, 26, are scheduled to stand trial next year on murder, arson and burglary charges.

Crow faces two additional counts of unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly using a flare as a weapon against two other victims that night.