BROOKSVILLE — His plans set for a fiery revenge, Kraig Alan Schoonover showed up at a Spring Hill home in the dead of night and lobbed half a dozen Molotov cocktails while four people slept inside.
A jury on Thursday decided evidence proved this account and, after an hour of deliberations, found Schoonover guilty of first-degree arson and discharging a destructive device resulting in property damage.
The 31-year-old Spring Hill man, already a convicted felon, faces between 30 and 60 years in prison.
During testimony, witnesses said Schoonover came to the house on Hanley Drive on Feb. 27 to pick up Amanda Lawson after she fought with her boyfriend, Justin Powers, who lived there. Schoonover got into a fight with Powers' brother, Joel. During that altercation, the Powers brothers' mother, Valerie Spinale, zapped Schoonover with her pink stun gun. Schoonover then screeched away in a car with Lawson and his brother, Danny.
Joel Powers testified that Schoonover called his brother's phone later and threatened to "get" Spinale.
Spinale said she woke up about 2:30 the next morning to the sound of explosions and her bedroom window on fire.
"There was flames coming in the whole perimeter of the window," she said.
Spinale said she heard Schoonover's voice outside. Joel Powers said he looked out a window and saw Schoonover in the yard.
None of the four people in the house that night were injured.
Lawson testified that Schoonover asked her after the fight to draw a floor plan of the house and if there were any weapons inside. She said Schoonover asked his brother for a gas can and that a mutual friend's house where Schoonover had been smelled strongly of gasoline.
In photos shown to jurors, the front door, a bedroom window and the rear screened porch of the Florida-style ranch home were charred black. Investigators found six Bud Light beer bottles at the scene, three broken, three intact. All had been filled with gasoline, stuffed with scraps of cloth, and lit.
Assistant state attorney Mike Conageski told jurors that Schoonover plotted and carried out the plan "after his pride has been broken, after he's been Tased by a little old lady."
Assistant public defender Laura Drake noted that Schoonover's fingerprints were not found at the scene. She also reminded jurors that Joel Powers had not been able to identify him in the courtroom, nor did he mention him by name and in a written statement taken by investigators the night of the fires.