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Suspected arsonist re-indicted

Ryan M. Martin, 24, faces same felony charges for Adair-Kennedy fire

Posted: August 7, 2013 - 12:01am
Ryan M. Martin leaves his arraignment in front of Judge Thomas Nave in Juneau District Court in July last year. Martin was one of three people charged in connection to the arson at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in 2012.  Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File
Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File
Ryan M. Martin leaves his arraignment in front of Judge Thomas Nave in Juneau District Court in July last year. Martin was one of three people charged in connection to the arson at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park in 2012.

The Juneau man suspected of starting a fire at Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park last summer has been re-indicted for arson and criminal mischief.

A Juneau grand jury handed up the second indictment against Ryan M. Martin, 24, on Friday.

The original indictment was dismissed last month after a judge determined the grand jury was improperly instructed on the burden of proof required to return a true bill.

Martin is facing the same felony charges as before: third-degree criminal mischief and third-degree arson. Both those offenses are class ‘C’ felonies which can be punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a $50,000 fine.

Capital City Fire and Rescue officials said the June 19, 2012, fire caused between $20,000 and $30,000 worth of damage to materials and equipment being used to replace the city-owned turf football field.

Martin was one of three defendants charged in connection with the crime after video surveillance footage captured them at the scene.

Ashley Rae Johnston, 19, was the first to stand trial — the jury acquitted her of arson but found guilty of felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor criminal trespass. At sentencing in April, the judge suspended her sentence but required her to serve 120 days in jail as a condition of probation.

Co-defendant Dillon P. West is only facing misdemeanor charges since the grand jury failed to return true bills in his case. His case is still pending.

Martin is also still facing two misdemeanors for trespassing and furnishing alcohol to a person (Johnston) who is under 21. A status hearing in Martin’s case is scheduled to take place next Friday.

Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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