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Arsonist sent to jail after rejection from treatment agencies

LOCKPORT – Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas sentenced a Niagara Falls man to two years in the County Jail Friday, after mental health agencies refused to take him because he is an arsonist.

William M. Bradley, 31, of Buffalo Avenue, had been placed on probation Aug. 30, on condition that he win entry to a mental health facility. Assistant Public Defender A. Joseph Catalano said Frikday that no facility will take Bradley for fire insurance reasons.

Bradley said he set fire to a house on 20th Street in Niagara Falls Aug. 12, 2012, because he thought committing a crime would get him out of the picture and enable his wife to keep custody of their children. Catalano said a county Child Protective Services worker threatened to place the children into foster care. Bradley’s wife ended up with custody, however.

Bradley, who must pay the landlord $10,000 in restitution when he gets out of jail, admitted that he was off his mental health medication and under the influence of alcohol and narcotics when he set the blaze. He had pleaded guilty to reduced charges of attempted third-degree burglary and attempted second-degree criminal mischief.