Massachusetts man found guilty of arson in 2017 East Providence fire

Superior Court jury returns verdict after a day’s deliberation

Posted 6/5/19

PROVIDENCE — A jury Tuesday, June 4, found a Massachusetts man guilty in the 2017 case of alleged arson in city.

Kamari Kerr, 26, was found guilty by a Superior Court panel on a charge of …

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Massachusetts man found guilty of arson in 2017 East Providence fire

Superior Court jury returns verdict after a day’s deliberation

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PROVIDENCE — A jury Tuesday, June 4, found a Massachusetts man guilty in the 2017 case of alleged arson in city.

Kamari Kerr, 26, was found guilty by a Superior Court panel on a charge of first-degree arson, domestic at the conclusion of the five-day trial presided over by Justice Sarah Taft-Carter. The jury deliberated for one day. Mr. Kerr is scheduled to be sentenced on August 2.

The office of Attorney General Peter F. Neronha prosecuted the case through Special Assistant Attorney General Katelyn Revens. Hannah Burnes, of the Office of the State Fire Marshall, led the investigation, with assistance from the East Providence Police Department and the Rhode Island State Police.

According to the report of the Attorney General, during the trial, the state proved beyond a reasonable doubt that on June 11, 2017, Mr. Kerr started a fire inside of his boyfriend’s house in East Providence, resulting in significant damage to the home. No one was injured in the fire. Three days later, on June 14, the East Providence Police Department arrested Mr. Kerr.

The incident took place at a residence on Waterman Avenue at approximately 9:30 on that Sunday morning. According to the report at the time of the East Providence Fire Department, its personnel contended with rising temperatures as they approached the fire at the rear of the single-family home. The fire eventually spread throughout the unit before it was brought under control. It was officially denoted as a “two-alarm” event. There were no injuries reported to either EPPD personnel or civilians.

A grand jury issued an indictment of one count of first degree arson/domestic for Mr. Kerr, whose last known residence was Jamaica Plain, Mass., in August of 2017. He was arraigned later that same month, August 23.

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