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NOVEMBER 4, 2010

BOSTON, Mass. - A Fall River man was sentenced late yesterday in federal court on arson charges for fires he set in Fall River and Westport.

ARTHUR MOONEY, 37, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Nancy Gertner to 10 years imprisonment, to be followed by three years of supervised release and restitution in the amount of $185,000 after pleading guilty to arson on Feb. 1, 2010.

At the earlier plea hearing, the prosecutor told the Court that had the case proceeded to trial the Government’s evidence would have proven that on the evening of June 29, 2007, nine random fires were set in the towns of Fall River and Westport. The fires were initially limited to trash containers but later escalated to motor vehicles, an abandoned commercial building and a finally a commercial building housing Osprey Sea Kayak in Westport.

Over the next few days a review of video surveillance from various locations determined that a silver pickup truck and an individual, later identified as Mooney, was seen in and around the locations during the time the fires were set. Surveillance of Mooney’s home revealed a silver pickup in the driveway, similar to that seen on the video surveillance. Mooney was arrested on unrelated matters by police, and during questioning admitted his involvement in setting the fires.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Guy N. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives - Boston Field Division; Chief Daniel S. Racine of the Fall River Police Department; Westport Chief Keith A. Pelletier, and C. Samuel Sutter, Bristol County District Attorney, made the announcement today. It was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth G. Shine of Ortiz’s Major Crime Unit.


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