Young Rejects Plea Deal In Arson Case

MAYVILLE – Jonathan Young, 20, rejected a plea deal Thursday morning that would’ve sentenced him to 10 years in prison for each of the two counts of second-degree arson he faces, plus five years of post-supervison.

The deal, according to Assistant District Attorneys David Gregory and John Zuroski, called for the sentence to be carried concurrently. The prosecutors said, however, that the deal would be off the table if not accepted before Thursday morning’s Huntley Hearing.

Public Defender Phil Cala stated that Young will be exploring a mental illness defense.

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Judge David Foley informed Young that he could face a “significant” sentence if convicted on all counts.

Young is accused of setting 12 fires in the Falconer and Jamestown area. He is charged with 14 counts of arson and 11 counts of criminal mischief.