JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Post-Journal says the trial of a city man accused of setting multiple fires in early 2017 will have his day in court in January.
Jury selection in the arson case against 20-year-old Jonathan Young is scheduled to begin Jan. 22 in Chautauqua County Court.
Young pleaded not guilt during his arraignment Aug. 2 on a 25-count indictment and was sent to the county jail on $1 million cash bail.
A pre-trial conference is scheduled for Oct. 1. Young is being defended by the Public Defender’s office.
Young is accused of setting more than a dozen fires in Jamestown and Falconer between March 2 and March 25, 2017. While most of the fires involved abandoned homes, one of the fires was the blaze at 29 to 39 W. Main St. in Falconer that had people living in the upper apartments.
Young faces 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 charge carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.
In addition to the charges in Chautauqua County, Young also faced charges in Warren and Butler Counties Pennsylvania where he was found guilty of stealing a vehicle in nearby Russell, Pa. and then heading south where he eventually wound up in Slippery Rock and set fire to an abandoned home there. He was eventually taken into custody in Slippery Rock, where the first of his court proceedings took place.