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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Accused Hornell arsonist indicted

  • A man who allegedly started a fire that destroyed an apartment building in Hornell has been indicted on charges that could send him to prison for as many as 25 years.

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  • A man who allegedly started a fire that destroyed an apartment building in Hornell has been indicted on charges that could send him to prison for as many as 25 years.
    Sean P. French, 30, of Hornell, was indicted by a Steuben County grand jury this week on charges of second-degree arson, a class B felony; second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony; and four counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony. The arson charge carries a sentence of five to 25 years in prison.
    French is accused of intentionally starting a Dec. 30 fire that destroyed the four-apartment building at 14 Hakes Ave., where French lived. A week after the fire, Hornell Police Inv. Tom Aini told the Evening Tribune that the fire was “intentionally ignited to a couch.”
    Several people were in the building when the fire started, but no injuries were reported.
    The grand jury handed up three other open indictments with French’s. Charged were:
    • Larry W. Tomberelli, 38, of Urbana, with firstdegree rape, a class B felony; third-degree rape, a class E felony; and third-degree incest, a class E felony. He is accused of having forcible sex with someone, having sex with someone under the age of 17, and having sex with someone he knew was related to him.
    • Kristy Bidwell, 28, of Savona, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a class E felony, and making a false written statement, a misdemeanor. She allegedly stole a debit card and made false statements to state police.
    • Joseph R. Ferratella, 19, of Corning, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony. He is accused of intentionally damaging someone’s property.

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