Prosecutors dismiss charges against Lewiston boy accused of arson

Posted Feb. 18, 2014, at 12:36 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — Charges have been dropped against a teen accused of setting a fire last spring that destroyed three apartment buildings, according to the Sun Journal.

According to District Attorney Norman Croteau, there was not enough evidence to prove the case without statements that were suppressed by a District Court judge in October.

The statements included a confession by the boy, who said he set a fire April 29 on the back porch of his family’s apartment on Blake Street. They were suppressed because the judge ruled the boy had not been properly informed of his rights, according to the Sun Journal story.

The fire consumed the Blake Street apartment building as well as two other buildings on Bates and Pine streets, leaving 75 people homeless.

For more, read the Sun Journal story at http://www.sunjournal.com/news/0001/11/30/prosecutors-dismiss-arson-charges-against-teenager/1493828.

 

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