City Leaders Disappointed After Judge Tosses Malicious Burning Charge
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on November 30, 2012 @ 7:54PM
Created on November 30, 2012 @ 6:34PM
Disappointing. That's how Morgantown City Manager, Terrence Moore described a ruling made by judge there earlier this week.
On Tuesday a municipal judge dismissed a malicious-burning citation filed against a West Virginia University Student.
Last month about 40 fires were set all over the city following the Mountaineers win over against the University of Texas.
At the time city leaders promised stiffer penalties for those who participated in those riots and five people were cited for their part in the destruction.
Four of them four were found guilty, but that wasn't the case for Robert Comrosky, a WVU student. He's said to have to tossed a stick onto a burning couch during those riots.
Comrosky was then slapped with a malicious-burning charge. He had that tossed because a judge ruled that he didn't act with evil intentions.
Moore said that while that ruling is discouraging it wont stop them from pursing charges against anyone else who takes part in those street fires.
"We are confident that legal arrangements can be made so that matters like this can be addressed at a court level," Moore said.
Comrosky still faces punishment from the university.
5 News reached out to his lawyer for comment on Friday, but he didn't return our phone calls.
As for what's next, Moore said they have a few options.
He said one of them includes rewriting the law, which he believes would make it easier for them to prosecute possible offenders.
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