Ex-West Virginia trooper sentenced in arson case

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.— A former West Virginia state trooper has been sentenced to 30 days in jail in an arson case involving his mobile home.

Media outlets report 27-year-old Stephen Spencer Gula was sentenced Thursday in Cabell County Circuit Court.

Gula entered a Kennedy plea to a misdemeanor charge of providing false or misleading information to a member of the department of public safety. Under the Kennedy rule, a defendant doesn’t admit guilt.

Gula’s defense attorney, John Proctor, said there was evidence his client lied about his relationship with a woman involved in the investigation.

Gula originally was charged with first-degree arson and burning insured property. The March 2013 fire at his mobile home in Barboursville occurred less than two weeks after Gula resigned from the State Police.

Sponsored Content
Tyler Barker is currently the News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. He was promoted to this job in Mid-November. He still will fill in on weather from time to time. You can follow Tyler on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email him at tbarker@woay.com