Fenton facing 105 counts in Tioga Downs arson


NICHOLS – The Tioga County District Attorney’s Office has announced that Boyd H. Fenton was arraigned on a 105-count indictment in connection with the deadly fire at Tioga Downs on Nov. 9.

Fenton, who is from Athens, is accused of unlawfully entering a barn at Tioga Downs and setting a fire that killed 30 horses and one cat, destroyed the building and injured a trainer who tried to save the horses.

He is facing one count of arson in the third degree (Class C felony); one count of assault in the second degree (Class C felony); one count of burglary in the third degree (Class D felony); 38 counts of criminal mischief in the second degree (Class D felony); 30 counts of interference with or injury to certain domestic animals (Class E felony); 31 counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals (unclassified misdemeanor); one count of aggravated cruelty to animals (Class E felony); and two counts of criminal mischief in the fourth degree (Class A misdemeanor).

Bail was set at $25,000 cash, $50,000 property and $250,000 secured bond.