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Prosecutor sheds light on why arson suspect was indicted on misdemeanor instead of felony

Cary Ashby • Feb 7, 2013 at 9:07 PM

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said any possible arson case is a serious matter.

"We try to take anything (dealing) with fire very seriously," he said.

Most recently, a Huron County grand jury decided a first-degree felony of aggravated arson wasn't warranted for a Willard woman. She is accused of trying to burn down her family mobile home with sleeping children inside. Also there were the defendant's boyfriend and his brother.

Instead, grand jurors decided the charge should be a first-degree misdemeanor of criminal damaging against Amy S. Pridemore, 40, of 2787 S. Ohio 99. The case was transferred to Norwalk Municipal Court for prosecution. Court records indicate she was served the warrant Tuesday.

While the prosecutor said grand jury sessions are secret, he shared more information about the Jan. 10 incident, shedding light on why the grand jurors opted for lesser charge. His comments appeared in a story published in Thursday's Reflector. To read more, pick up a copy of that issue or subscribe to the e-paper for less than $1 per week and read it now.

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