LOCKPORT – A Lewiston man was arraigned in Niagara County Court Thursday on charges of setting three parked vehicles afire in North Tonawanda July 22.
David E. Spencer, 26, of Model City Road, pleaded not guilty to three counts each of third-degree arson and third-degree criminal mischief. He balked at two preindictment plea offers Nov. 28 and Jan. 10. His attorney, Thomas Hurley, said Thursday he’s leaving the case.
Restitution would have totaled $1,935 in the plea deal. At his Jan. 10 court appearance, Spencer said he was drunk and didn’t know what he was doing when he allegedly used a cigarette lighter to ignite the right rear wheel well of one of the vehicles on Sandra Lane.