HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ A New Haven developer has been acquitted of charges related to a series of arsons involving his properties.

 The New Haven Register reports Angelo Reyes was found not guilty Tuesday by a jury in federal court in Hartford.

A prosecutor told jurors in his opening statement that the 47-year-old Reyes orchestrated the torching of four properties to collect on insurance claims.

But defense attorney John R. Williams said the properties were underinsured.

He says one of the four burned buildings was starting to generate a profit and Reyes “had every motive to protect that property.”

Williams says Reyes tried to improve the New Haven neighborhood. Reyes denied involvement in the fires.
Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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