Assisted Living Resident Charged With Felony Arson

A forty-six year old man has been charged in District Court for intentionally starting a an assisted living facility. The man faces a felony arson charge which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine.

According to a criminal complaint filed with the court, the man, who lived at the facility, came forward following the fire to admit he had started it. "I set a fire to my clothes in the closet. I kicked off the fire alarm, closed and locked my bedroom then went out the entrance door to the parking lot," he told police.

The man told police he started the fire because he was "tired of people being mistreated and being bullied," according to the complaint. The man, who uses a wheelchair, was placed on a psychological hold and was evaluated at the hospital the day after the fire. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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