Juvenile convicted in Terre Haute arson case

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A 13-year-old was convicted in juvenile court Thursday in connection to a Terre Haute arson.

The juvenile was arrested last month following an investigation into an Aug. 11 warehouse fire. If an adult had committed the crime, the charge would have been a level 4 felony.

The teen requested a speedy trial, and a bench trial was held Thursday. After evidence was presented, the defendant was found to be a delinquent child, which is similar to an adult conviction.

“Every arson investigation is difficult and the investigators did an excellent job putting together a complex case in a short period of time.” noted Prosecutor Terry Modesitt.  “And Deputy Prosecutor Cynthia Fisher did a fine job presenting the case in order to hold the juvenile accountable for his actions.” 

Sentencing is scheduled to take place in October.

A second juvenile was charged with criminal trespass in the case.

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