Man arrested, charged with setting fire on board USS Miami

23 Jul

A 24 year old shipyard employee, Casey Fury, has been arrested and charged in connection with the fire in May that caused 400 million dollars of damage to the USS Miami at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. According to a complaint submitted by NCIS agents to the US District Court of Maine, Fury admitted to setting the fire after failing a lie detector test. Fury claimed he set the first fire because he wanted to go home, according to Federal agents. He had previously admitted to setting a second fire in the drydock weeks later because he was having trouble with his girlfriend and wanted to leave work early.

Maximum penalty for the two charges is life in prison plus cost to repair or replace damaged items, if people’s lives were placed in jeopardy. If no lives in jeopardy, 25 years in prison plus repair/replacement costs.

Fury is scheduled for an initial appearance in US District Court in Portland, Maine at 3:45 PM on July 23rd.

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