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A judge Friday reserved a decision in a hearing where the defense sought to suppress statements an arson defendant allegedly made to police.

Judge Michael F. Griffith is presiding over the case of Angelo P. Mana, 24, who is accused of second-degree arson in a multimillion-dollar blaze that destroyed most of the production facilities at Eastern Molding International.

In court Friday, District Attorney Lawrence Friedman questioned police officers Randy Baker, Timothy Buckley and Patrick J. Corona about two interrogations police had with Mana before his arrest about one month after the March 31 fire.

Mana was suspected after an anonymous tip. He had worked at EMI on a night shift for four weeks before the late-night fire occurred.

The officers said the defendant was cooperative. He admitted to police, "Some problems with a supervisor," and insisted that he discovered the fire.

Judge Griffith set Nov. 10 as the last day that Mana will be allowed to plead. If there is no plea, his trial will begin on Nov. 30, the judge ruled. Meanwhile, Mana remains in the Genesee County Jail.

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