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DA: Gillham Threatened Mattress Mack

Robert Gillham Accused Of Setting Gallery Furniture Fire




HOUSTON — The man charged in a four-alarm fire that destroyed Gallery Furniture’s warehouse has now been accused of threatening the store owner’s life, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Robert Gillham was arraigned in a Harris County criminal court on Friday.

Gillham has been charged with first-degree arson in connection with the four-alarm fire on May 21, which destroyed the furniture store’s warehouse. The showroom was severely damaged after the sprinklers went off.

The owner of Gallery Furniture, Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, said Gillham worked as a sales manager for at least 10 years. Gillham was fired several years ago.

Gillham’s bond had previously been set at $500,000. Prosecutors said Friday that the amount remained the same because Gillham had made death threats against McIngvale, and pending burglary charges in Montgomery County.

Gillham’s attorney said he did not know anything about the death threat accusations.


A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent said a car matching the description of the car the employees saw leaving the scene of the fire was found at Robert Gillham’s home.

In the court papers, two men claimed Gillham approached them asking for help burning down Gallery Furniture.

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