Grand jury hands up indictments in arson case

An October jury trial planned for a Juneau man indicted on a felony arson charge.

Ryan Martin, 23, appeared in Juneau Superior Court on Wedneday for an arraignment. He’s accused of intentionally damaging a motor vehicle by starting a fire or causing an explosion at Adair Kennedy Park in June.

If convicted, he could be sentenced to five-years in prison and fined $50,000.

Prosecutors allege that Martin, 18-year-old Ashley Johnston, and 24-year old Dillon West were caught on video surveillance footage in the park.

Johnston was also indicted on a third-degree felony arson charge, but a warrant has been issued for her arrest after she didn’t show up for a previous hearing.

The grand jury did not indict West. But he still faces misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief, criminal trespass, and furnishing alcohol to a minor. His case will likely proceed through Juneau District Court.

Investigators say the arson caused about $20,000 in damage as it scorched equipment and materials being used to install new artificial turf at Adair Kennedy, including a small tractor and a spreader trailer.

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