4 charged in Boardman restaurant burning must register in arson database


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Four people charged with burning a restaurant to the ground in 2013, now have to register as convicted arsonists for the rest of their lives.

The four people charged with burning down Spice of India in Boardman in 2013, stood in front of a judge for an additional hearing Wednesday.

Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 70, which creates a registry for arson offenders, into law in December 2012.

The law became effective in Ohio in 2013, just months before the restaurant was set on fire.

Attorney Jimmy Wise represented one of the people convicted of the crime.

Judge Thomas Pokorny gave them each ten days to register with their county sheriff’s office.

The offenders must do so once a year, for the rest of their lives.

In addition to a $50 fee, the person must bring a driver’s license, name and address of their job, or school, and a description of any scars or tattoos.

Wise said it’s possible the registry could impact their lives.

“A person is going to try and rent a piece of property, they can search a database to find out if in fact they’ve been convicted of arson, which might make a landlord hesitant to rent to them,” Wise said.

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