(10:55 AM) DA’s Office Makes Appeal In Arson Case In Rochester

A screen shot of the Fourth Department Appellate Division on Monday.

ROCHESTER — The fate of evidence in the local arson trial of a Jamestown-area man now rests in the hands of the Fourth Department Appellate Division.

John Zuroski, Chautauqua County assistant district attorney, argued on behalf of the county while Kaixi Xu argued on behalf of Jonathan Young, a local man who faces a 25-count indictment in Chautauqua County Court that includes 13 felony arson charges. Young is accused of setting more than a dozen fires in Jamestown and Falconer between March 2-25, 2017. He 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 charge, second-degree arson, carries a sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

At issue Monday before the appellate court was evidence discussed in 2018 during a Huntley hearing, a pretrial hearing in New York state that is requested to review the way police obtained statements from someone accused of a crime. During hearing, Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley heard from five witnesses how Jamestown and Pennsylvania state police officers obtained information from Young during the course of their investigation. Seven items were entered into evidence.