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Man Cleared In 2007 Carmel Restaurant Fire

A Connecticut man has been exonerated in a fire that damaged the Smalley Inn in Carmel in 2007.
A Connecticut man has been exonerated in a fire that damaged the Smalley Inn in Carmel in 2007. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

CARMEL, N.Y. -- A man who had been found guilty of setting fire to the Smalley Inn, a Carmel restaurant, in 2007 has been cleared of all charges, according to a report by lohud.com.

William Haughey, 44, spent eight years in prison on the arson conviction that was tossed out Monday by a federal judge, the lohud.com story said.

Haughey was said to be from Sherman, Conn., according to past media reports.

He was exonerated after Putnam County prosecutors agreed there was not enough proof he set the fire, the lohud.com report said.

The owner of the Smalley Inn, Anthony Porto Jr., told lohud.com he was shocked and angered by the news that Haughey had been cleared.

To read the full lohud.com story, click here. 

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