Columbus man sentenced to seven years for June house explosion

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A man was sentenced to seven years for his role in a June 22 house explosion on Columbus’s east side that left two people critically injured.

Marcus L. Taylor, 34, pleaded guilty to inducing panic and arson and was sentenced to seven years. A charge of burglary was dismissed. 

 According to the Columbus Division of Fire, witnesses to the explosion at 464 N. 20th St. led investigators to identify Marcus Lorenzo Taylor, 34, as a person of interest. Members of the Fire and Explosives Investigations Unit located Taylor shortly after midnight June 29. 

The Division of Fire says Taylor confessed to damaging the gas pipes in an attempt to remove the pipes to sell them for scrap money. 

READ MORE: Two people injured after house explosion in east Columbus

Two people were seriously injured in the explosion. 33-year-old Dontaye Conner and 36-year-old Vernice Hill were pulled from the rubble by police, neighbors and passersby.  They were taken to Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in critical condition suffering from burns and fractures.

Neighbor Duane Dobbins told NBC4 there have been numerous instances of scrappers vandalizing vacant homes in the neighborhood. “I’m just happy that they got the person who did it – so hopefully the other people that are doing it get the picture,” Dobbins said.

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