New Hampshire Man Charged With Arson
on and Around the USS Miami
Contact: Darcie McElwee
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Portland, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced today that Casey
James Fury, 24, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been arrested by the Naval Criminal Investigative
Service (“NCIS”) and charged by criminal complaint with two counts of arson on and around the USS
The charges stem from two arsons committed on and around the USS Miami, a United States
Navy Los Angeles Class attack submarine, on May 23 and June 16, 2012. According to the criminal
complaint, on May 23, 2012, the Miami was damaged by a fire started in the forward portion of the
ship. Fire crews battled the fire for about 12 hours, finally extinguishing it on the morning of May 24.
The fire caused an estimated $400,000,000 in damage. On June 16, 2012, a second fire was started in
the dry dock cradle on which the Miami rests. This fire was quickly extinguished and caused little or no
According to the criminal complaint, Fury has been a civilian employee working aboard the USS
Miami as a painter and sandblaster. The NCIS investigation revealed Fury’s involvement in the arsons.
If convicted of either charge, Fury faces life imprisonment, a fine not to exceed $250,000 and
It is expected that Fury will make an initial appearance in federal court on Monday at 3:45 p.m.
The investigation is being conducted by NCIS with assistance from the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
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