2010-03-12 / Top Stories

Ex-BCFD Volie Acquitted Of Arson Charges

A Broad Channel man has been acquitted of all charges in a trial held this week in Queens Criminal Court, sources at the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told The Wave this week. The former BCVFD emergency medical technician and firefighter, identified in court papers as Brian Leonard of Broad Channel, was charged with arson and criminal mischief in connection with a garage fire on February 10, 2008. Documents supplied by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown al-lege that William Ross, who lived at 526 Cross Bay Boulevard in Broad Channel, heard the sound of glass breaking at about 5:34 a.m. on February 10. Ross said that he got up and saw Leonard running away from his garage, which is behind his home. Ross testified that he saw smoke coming from the garage and then it erupted in flame. Fire Marshal Robert Kelly responded along with the units that put the fire out and investigated the garage. Kelly said in court papers that he determined that the fire was intentionally set. He ruled out any possibility of an accidental fire.

Leonard was arrested shortly after the fire, and maintained his innocence.

A source close to the Broad Channel Volunteers, who asked not to be identified when speaking about sensitive matters, said that the jury did not find Ross a credible witness and that the defense counsel managed to punch holes in his story.

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