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UPDATE: Bundick Found Guilty Of Felony Arson

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - After two hours of deliberations, a jury has found Tonya Bundick guilty of one felony count of arson.

Tuesday afternoon, the jury came back with a recommendation of three and a half years, with a $10,000 fine. The final sentencing is set for September 4th where she will also hear how much time she'll get behind bars in for her January conviction of one count of arson and one count of conspiracy.

Bundick was back in court on Tuesday, for day two of the first of a possible 62 trials for her connection to the string of arsons in Accomack County. More than 70 fires were set between November 2012 and April 2013, with Bundick and former fiance, Charles Smith, accused in many of them.

It took the jury a little more than two hours to convict Bundick. The Hopeton woman did not show any emotion during the verdicts.

The decision may have come down to a cell phone.

In Monday's testimony, a Verizon Wireless custodian of records testified that they pinpointed Bundick and Charles Smiths phone to the scene of the crime around Keller. Bundick testified earlier she couldn't remember what she did the night of the arson, but said Smith would leave the house and go to work at night. The jury believed the commonwealth and Smith's take that the pair would ride around and pick a spot to burn. Smith says she drove him, he set the fire, but Bundick was the mastermind.

Two witnesses, including Bundick, took the stand on Tuesday morning in the Virginia Beach courtroom, before closing arguments began.

While on the stand, Bundick said that she did not plan to marry Smith while incarcerated. She said that Smith wanted to get married, so that she couldn't testify against him. She also denied coaching Smith on what to say. Bundick also said that while writing back and forth with Smith, she learned that he was on drugs.

Also on the stand was Smith's cell mate, William Ashbrook, who said that Smith told him that he used Bundick's son's bike to go and set fires. Ashbrook said Smith told him that he purposely removed the bike's reflectors to avoid being seen.

Closing arguments have wrapped up with the prosecution asking jurors to remember the testimony of the Verizon Wireless employee who said the two cell phones were in the same area that night, and the defense arguing that Smith is an all around bad guy with more than 100 felonies to his name.

Smith pleaded guilty to 68 counts of arson back in October. He is currently awaiting sentencing.

For more information on day one, click here.

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