Arson defendant appears in court

Teen accused of setting bedding on fire, leading to fire that killed cat and caused $100,000 worth of damage.
Cary Ashby
Sep 26, 2013


An accused arsonist must post a $100,000 bond before being released from the Huron County Jail.

Former Plymouth resident Christopher A. Barber, 18, of Shelby, is charged with aggravated arson, which is punishable by three to 11 years in prison. The charge is in connection with a June 25 apartment fire investigated by the Willard Police Department.

"He set a sheet of paper and (some) bedding on fire," Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler said.

A cat died in the fire that caused about $100,000 worth of damage.

"Four families could have lost their homes," Leffler said.

Huron County Public Defender David Longo said he understands this is a serious charge, but noted nobody was injured.

Barber entered a "not guilty" plea to the first-degree felony.

Based on a conversation with the defendant's family, Longo said he believes there are serious mental health issues that could be a mitigating factor. He requested he have the possibility of entering a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity later.

Barber's trial is set for Nov. 5.


Scranton Tibbs

This poor kid looks like he still wets the bed. Doesn't look smart enough to figure out HOW to light a piece of paper on fire to begin with. At age 18, this doesn't bode well for his future prospects in the job market.


Hell, his future is sealed and secure. Welfare, food stamps, free health care, etc.


He's from Plymouth if this kid never ran into the law in his life he'd still be on government assistance