Manhattan man charged with arson in 2010 fire

By Katherine Wartell

A Manhattan man was charged in federal court with arson in connection with an apartment complex fire in April 2010.

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said Christopher L. Kenny, Jr., 24, is charged with allegedly starting a fire on April 18, 2010 at 1030 Vattier St.

An agent’s affidavit filed with the court alleges that RCPD officers discovered a trash dumpster on fire in the 1000 block alley between Vattier and Kearney streets, and, while officers were waiting for the Manhattan Fire Department to arrive, they found a second fire inside an under construction apartment complex near the dumpster, Grissom said.

Construction materials had been set on fire.

Grissom said investigators learned that witnesses had seen Kenney at the scene of the fire.

If convicted, Kenny faces a penalty of at least five years and a fine up to $250,000.

The RCPD, the Riley County Fire Department and the ATF investigated. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jared Maag is prosecuting.

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