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BOSTON, Mass. - A Brockton man was charged today in federal court with setting fire to a building leased by the United States Probation Office in Plymouth.

JAMES ANDREW DIX, 64, was charged in a criminal complaint with maliciously damaging and destroying by means of fire a building leased to the United States.

The complaint alleges that on October 4, 2010, DIX visited the U.S. Probation Office on Long Pond Road in Plymouth to report that he believed that he had violated the terms of his federal probation and that he wanted to be taken into federal custody. DIX was referred to Jordan Hospital for an evaluation. After he was released from the hospital, DIX went to a nearby Shell station, purchased some gasoline and a lighter, and returned to the U.S. Probation Office. He used a metal pipe that he had in his car to break a first-floor window. DIX then poured the gasoline through the window, ignited a napkin with the lighter he had purchased, and tossed the flaming napkin through the window, causing the fire to start. DIX waited for emergency personnel to respond to the fire and then admitted to police officers that he had started the fire intentionally to get the attention of federal authorities.
If convicted on these charges, DIX faces up to 20 years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

U.S. Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Boston Field Division; Timothy Bane, Regional Director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protection Service; Timothy J. Cruz, Plymouth County District Attorney; Chief Michael E. Botieri of the Plymouth Police Department; Fire Chief G. Edward Bradley of the Plymouth Fire Department and Colonel Marian McGovern, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nadine Pellegrini and Eric P. Christofferson of Ortiz’s Major Crimes Unit.

The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.


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