Developer convicted of state arson charges, lawyer suspended for bringing up federal acquital

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NEW HAVEN, Connecticut — A New Haven developer has been convicted of hiring someone to set fires in the city in 2008 and 2009.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/1yfOh2W ) a jury found 49-year-old Angelo Reyes guilty of second-degree arson and conspiracy on Wednesday.

Reyes lawyer also is in trouble.

Superior Court Judge Jon C. Blue suspended defense attorney John R. Williams' law license for 20 days for twice disclosing to the jury that Reyes had been acquitted of charges in a federal trial related to the same fires.

The key testimony in the case came from Osvaldo Segui Jr., who told jurors that Reyes had hired him to set two fires.

Reyes' sentencing has been set for Jan. 8. He faces up to 70 years in prison.


Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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