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Tonawanda Arsonist Appears in Court, Offers Explanation



Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) - The man accused of setting a string of Arsons in the Tonawandas earlier this month appeared in City of Tonawanda court Thursday morning to answer to charges of arson and reckless endangerment.

On his way in to court, Syracuse told reporters "I was drinking and I wasn't on my meds" when asked why he set a number of cars on fire.

After his arrest, Syracuse was advised by a judge to not speak until he was assigned a public defender. Syracuse also did not speak during a court appearance last week in the city of North Tonawanda, when he was assigned an attorney.

Syracuse is due back in City of Tonawanda court for a felony hearing on August 19th. Bail has been set for Syracuse at $50,000.

In North Tonawanda, Syracuse waived his right to a felony hearing. His Attorney at the time, James Rizzo, explained the decision. "In talking to him, and also talking with some other lawyers in the office, the course we're choosing to take is to get it up to (Niagara County Court in) Lockport, prepare the defense, talk to him about some things that may need to be done to prepare this thing for trial," Rizzo said. "I don't know that a felony hearing in this particular case would present anything new that we don't already know."

Syracuse faces 11 felony charges in North Tonawanda.

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