Piqua man found guilty of arson

Richard Bryant (Piqua Daily Call Photo)
Richard Bryant (Piqua Daily Call Photo)

TROY, Ohio (WDTN)- All 12 members of the trial jury found Richard T. Bryant, 39, of Piqua, guilty of fourth-degree felony arson Wednesday.

Deliberations lasted approximately 25 minutes after closing arguments were made by assistant prosecutor Janna Parker and defense attorney Stephen King, according to the Piqua Daily Call.

A witness saw Bryant setting fire to the garage belonging to his uncle, Larry Bryant, on purpose using lighter fluid around 1 a.m. last December at 825 Boal Ave. in Piqua, according to police reports.

Damage to the siding and roof of the garage was estimated to cost $6,644, according to the property owner’s insurance company.

Testimony included Piqua Police Department Officer Mallory Lash, who interviewed Bryant. According to Lash, Bryant was intoxicated but consented to be interviewed without counsel present, according to the Piqua Daily Call. Lash said Bryant made accusatory statements against his uncle’s wife, Erica Bryant, regarding the health of family members, according to the Piqua Daily Call.

 

Judge Christopher Gee scheduled Bryant’s sentencing for 2 p.m. Oct. 24. Judge Gee also ordered Bryant to have no contact with the victims and a witness who testified against Bryant. Judge Gee continued Bryant’s own recognizance bond.

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