Attorneys speak in defense of arson suspects


LIVERMORE — Attorneys for two arson suspects spoke on behalf of their 18-year-old clients Tuesday.

Chandler White, 18, of Livermore is one of several suspects in an intentionally set fire at a vacant Manchester farmhouse on Feb. 21. Also arrested on one count of arson each were Christopher Minor, 18, and Jordan Conant, 18, both of Winthrop. Several juveniles also face charges.

“Maine law is clear: Mere presence at the scene of a crime does not make you guilty of that crime,” White’s attorney Walt McKee said Tuesday. “Chandler’s only crime was unknowingly being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And that’s no crime at all.”

“Everyone needs to remember that Chandler is 100 percent presumed innocent until proven guilty,” McKee said. “No one should jump to any conclusions just because Chandler was charged with a crime.”

Lenny Sharon, Conant’s attorney, said Conant and a juvenile client, have cooperated with the Maine Office of the Fire Marshal and have taken full responsibility for their roles in the fires in Manchester and Livermore Falls. A vacant mobile home on Route 133 was burned the night of Feb. 20 in Livermore Falls. An adult and several juveniles face charges in that case.

Sharon declined to say if his clients were related due to one of them being juvenile.

“Jordan has also spoken to the owners of both the trailer and the farmhouse and apologized,” Sharon said.

Money is being put aside for the trailer and the house for restitution purposes, he said.

Conant has also told state fire investigators of others’ roles in the fires, Sharon said.

Minor’s attorney, Alan Stone declined comment on the case.

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