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Brighton man charged with arson

By DAVID HOTLE | Dec 11, 2013
David Sebastian Riness

BRIGHTON (GTNS) – A Brighton man is being held in lieu of a $10,000 bond after being arrested Monday for arson, criminal mischief and possession of an explosive or incendiary device with intent.

The Washington police log reported Tuesday David Sebastian Riness, 20, of Brighton, was arrested Monday afternoon in the 200 block of South Farmer Street in Brighton. He faces charges of second-degree arson, involving the damage of property worth more than $500, which is a Class C felony that can bring up to 10 years in prison; possession of an incendiary/explosive device with intent to use, also a Class C felony; and criminal mischief and reckless use of fire/explosives, a serious misdemeanor.

Court records say that at 4:38 p.m. Dec. 1, Washington County dispatch received a call of a shed on fire in the 300 block of North Jefferson Street. It was also reported that a witness saw subjects go back toward that property prior to the fire. Riness was identified as one of the subjects.

The record says the defendant and the other suspect (a minor male child) were present when an improvised explosive device, or IED, was lit, causing fire to the shed.

Charges were filed Dec. 3 on Aaron Lucas Williams, 13, of Brighton for criminal mischief, second-degree arson, reckless use of fire or explosives, explosive or incendiary materials or devices, and witness tampering, according to the police log. The record also said that the minor admitted to making the IED in Riness’s garage. They described the construction of the device, including the use of nuts and bolts for shrapnel.

According to the record, Riness admitted this was the same kind of device used inside the shed. The shed was a total loss, and valued replacement cost was at least $750.

The record also said that on Dec. 2, during the investigation, another IED was thrown over a fence into a yard of a residence. The report alleges Riness did it. The family living at the residence is the victim in this case against the minor. The family reported ongoing issues between them and the minor.

A member of the State Fire Marshal’s office disarmed the device and removed it from the property.

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