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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bradford Man Sentenced To 150 Months In Jail For Arson

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Bradford, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 150 months in jail and ordered to make restitution in the amount of$2,887.42 on his conviction of violating federal arson laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin imposed the sentence on Damon Leroy Kayes, 43.

According to information presented to the court, Kayes damaged Players Downtown bar at 12 Mechanic Street, Bradford, Pennsylvania by throwing a lit Molotov cocktail at the front door of the establishment, which at the time was crowded with patrons.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge McLaughlin stated that Kayes had a serious criminal history involving multiple violent offenses. Judge McLaughlin also noted the serious risk of harm to the bar's patrons that Kayes entirely disregarded.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the City of Bradford Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kayes.

Updated July 14, 2015