Motion For Bail Reconsideration Denied In Arson Case

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Court Judge David Foley on Thursday denied a motion for bail reconsideration for a Jamestown man accused of setting several fires in 2017.

The motion was made by Ned Barone, Chautauqua County public defender, on behalf of Jonathan Young. Barone requested that Young be released on probation, or at the very least, have his $1 million cash bail be reduced.

The public defender alluded to a recent ruling by Foley, who said evidence collected by state police in Pennsylvania was inadmissible against Young at trial in New York. District Attorney Patrick Swanson is appealing the ruling.

“He should not have to suffer or be punished in the criminal justice system (while the ruling is appealed),” said Barone, who pointed out that the ruling could take several months to come out.

Barone said Young’s foster parents would be able to post bail in the amount of $50,000 if it were reduced.

First Assistant District Attorney John Zuroski, however, said Young remained a flight risk. He said Young was caught after he fled New York, stole a car in Warren and started a fire in Butler County, Pa.

“He left because of the arson investigations in this state,” Zuroski said.

After hearing both sides, Foley denied the motion.

Young 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.

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