MAYVILLE – The Jamestown man accused of setting multiple fires in the city and in Falconer early 2017 has finally been arraigned on his local charges.
The Jamestown Post-Journal says 20-year-old Jonathan Young was arraigned on a 25-count indictment that includes 13 felony arson charges.
Young stands accused of setting a dozen fires in March 2017, including a major fire in the business district of Falconer that affected several businesses and residences.
The delay in his arraignment was due to his court proceedings in Pennsylvania, where he faced charges related to arson in Butler County. and vehicle theft in Warren County. He reached a plea agreement in both those cases and was sentenced, allowing his arson cases in Chautauqua County to now move forward.
Shortly after his arrest, Young was indicted by a Chautauqua County grand jury on two counts of second-degree arson, 11 counts of third-degree arson, one count of fifth-degree arson and 11 counts of second-degree criminal mischief.
The most serious charges carry a sentence of up to 25 years in prison for each count.
Young pleaded not guilty during his arraignment Thursday in Chautauqua County Court and was remanded back to the Chautauqua County Jail on $1 million cash bail.
A pre-trial conference has been scheduled Oct. 1 between the DA’s office and Young’s attorney in the Public Defender’s Office.