A trial has been set for June 29 in Clallam County Superior Court for a Blyn man who allegedly started a fire within the Sellin’ Style car dealership at 251 Old Blyn Highway.
José Noe Torres, 57, pleaded not guilty on May 15 but remains in custody in Clallam County Correctional Facility after Judge George Wood denied his attorney’s request for release.
Torres faces a charge of second degree arson from the Clallam County Prosecutor’s Office for the May 7 fire with a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in jail and/or a $20,000 fine plus restitution and assessments. His trial is expected to run two to three days.
Court documents state Torres’ brother Ramon said José was angry with the landlord and threatened to burn down the garage he was living behind.
Deputy Kenneth Oien with Clallam County Sheriff’s Office said in his court report that investigators determined the fire started on top of a stove inside a trailer in the garage.
The business previously was linked to a methamphetamine ring and its owner Timothy P. Smith, 31, of Sequim, was sentenced in April to 11 years in federal prison.