Jury acquits business owners of arson in Albion

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 November 2013 at 12:00 am

ALBION – A jury acquitted two business owners of arson on Friday in a trial that lasted more than a week in Orleans County Court.

David Wright, 32, and Sara Harris, 31, were charged with third-degree arson and fourth-degree criminal mischief. The Holley residents faced up to 15 years in state prison.

They owned The Shop, a tobacco-related business at 158 Hamilton St. The site burned on Aug. 13, 2012. The building suffered extensive water and fire damage. Wright and Harris were accused of setting the fire for insurance money.

But a jury of their peers decided the fire, which started in the building’s office, wasn’t set by the business owners.