Alleged would-be gunman starts fire inside jail

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Minor damage reported, inmate now in isolation

By Stevie Lowery

The man who police believe planned to carry out a mass shooting at an industry in Springfield in November attempted to start a fire at the Marion County Detention Center on Dec. 29, according to Marion County Jailer Barry Brady.
Lebanon native Matthew Smith, 37, attempted to set a fire in the day room of the maximum security cell on Saturday, Dec. 29, Jailer Brady stated in a written message to the Enterprise Friday morning.
According to Brady, Smith used two bed sheets, wire from headphones and toilet paper and sparked the electrical outlet behind a television.

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