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6:07 PM Thu, Nov. 15th

Accused arsonist from Golden Valley arraigned

KINGMAN - A Golden Valley man has pleaded not guilty to 11 felony counts that include six arson charges.

Mohave County Sheriff's deputies arrested John William Wright, 18, of the Walnut Creek subdivision, on Nov. 13.

Wright, who was 17 years old at the time of the incidents, is being prosecuted as an adult by the Mohave County Attorney's Office.

Wright is charged with six counts of arson of a structure, three counts of third-degree burglary, one count of unauthorized burning of wild lands and one count of criminal damage. Mohave County Judge James E. Chavez set a case management conference for 10 a.m. on Jan. 4.

Around 10:44 p.m. on Nov. 13, an engine and four personnel from the Golden Valley Fire Department responded to the subdivision, where several fires had been set. There were six cars on fire, a back porch swing ablaze and two small brush fires within a 30-minute span according to the GVFD.

There were no injuries, but four of the vehicles sustained interior damage and two had exterior damage.

About four minutes later, deputies responded to an arson call in the 3100 block of Kevin Drive, according to the Mohave County Sheriff's Office. The deputy contacted Michael Boop, a homeowner who had extinguished fires in three vehicles on his property.

While a deputy was talking with Boop, he saw Wright observing the damage and told him to leave the scene. Deputies soon determined footprints at the scenes of the fires matched the shoes Wright was wearing.

They went to the Wright residence, which is in the same block as Boop's home, and questioned him after his mother gave them permission. Wright allegedly told deputies he had noticed the fires and tried to put them out himself.

After a search, deputies allegedly found a lighter and two CDs Boop claimed were in one of the damaged vehicles.

The county Attorney's Office is charging Wright with more than $10,000 in damage estimates from the multiple fires.