Teen pleads guilty to arson charge


TOWN OF VERONA — A teenager admitted in County Court this morning to his role in starting a fire at an old Griffiss Air Force Base warehouse in Verona in the spring.

Kyyle Garrow, 18, of Canastota, pleaded guilty before Judge Robert L. Bauer this morning to one count of fourth-degree arson. His case was adjourned for sentencing to Jan. 29.

Judge Bauer said Garrow’s sentence will include 250 hours of community service, but he can lower that amount if he gets a job.

Garrow’s co-defendant, Thomas M. Taverne Jr., 24, of Durhamville, is scheduled to appear before Judge Bauer on Thursday on charges of fourth-degree arson and third-degree trespass.

Authorities said Garrow and Taverne lit fire to a mattress at a vacant warehouse off Germany Road in Verona sometime in the early morning hours of May 28. Authorities said the flames spread to the building and a passerby discovered the fire at about 3 a.m. Volunteers from multiple local fire departments responded to the scene to knock down the blaze.

The Oneida Indian Nation is a partial owner of the land, and the Nation Police investigated and took Garrow and Taverne into custody.


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