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Potter guilty on all charges in Durham arson case

Union Leader Correspondent

February 10. 2015 1:15PM


DOVER — Former on-call firefighter Gregory Potter was been found guilty on all charges – including arson and criminal mischief – related to five fires at Durham buildings Feb. 2, 2013.

The verdict concludes a five-week trial in Strafford County Superior Court.

Each of the 14 jurors confirmed independently for Judge Steven Houran their findings on five arson charges and three charges of criminal mischief against Potter.

Judge Phillip Mangones presided over a bail hearing for Potter, 22, immediately following the verdicts, ordering Potter into custody until sentencing.

The fires Potter set damaged four Main Street residences and one on Smith Park Lane, which included a barn that was completely destroyed.

Tenants of 15 Main St., where the first fire struck at 1:06 a.m., escaped uninjured, though officials said those tenants were lucky to escape with their lives. It was estimated that 15 lives were placed in danger by Potter.

Potter had been visiting a friend at a Main Street apartment that night and through witness testimony was described as drunk and rude at a party earlier in the evening.

Potter at the time was an on-call firefighter in Peterborough.

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