Cuyahoga County

William Crawley Found Guilty of a 24 Count Indictment Including Aggravated Arson

February 6, 2013

CLEVELAND- Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced that William H. Crawley was found guilty by a jury after a six day trial. Crawley, 55, of Canton, was found guilty of the twenty-four count indictment including two counts of Aggravated Arson and twenty-two counts of Arson. Judge Michael Astrab has scheduled sentencing for Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 1:30 pm.

On August 6, 2012, William Crawley started a fire at Sterling Valley Trucks on West 159th Street in Cleveland, where he was employed. Crawley entered the garage bay and splashed gasoline into the cab of one of the numerous trucks stored inside. Crawley then lit the gasoline with his cigarette lighter and closed the door. Once the fire was established, Crawley alerted his supervisor, who was the only other person in the building at the time. Multiple fire departments needed to respond to extinguish the fire.

Assistant County Prosecutors James Hofelich and Gregory Paul prosecuted this case.

Contact: Maria (Pinzone) Russo, Public Information Officer, (216) 698-2819, cell (216) 299-9326 or     

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