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Kay pleads guilty in firebombing

February 06, 2014
Charles Patterson Kay pleaded guilty in Wayne County Circuit Court to three counts related to the May 2013 firebombing of a lakeside mansion in Grosse Pointe Park.

The judge in the case put off sentencing for up to two years.

Judge James Chylinski put Kay on probation for the next two years, subject to several conditions. Under the terms of his probation, Kay cannot use or possess illegal drugs or alcohol, he must maintain full-time employment or go to school full time, successfully complete an anger management program and receive court-approved mental health treatment. He also must live with a parent.

In addition to Chylinski's orders, Kay is required to comply with all conditions set forth by the probation department, not engage in any criminal behavior or acquire any criminal convictions. The court may require him to wear a GPS tether with specified times of home confinement.

Any violations of these orders can result in immediate sentencing on the charges, which include second-degree arson, sending explosives with intent to injure or destroy causing property damage and manufacturing or possessing a Molotov cocktail.

The first two charges carry a sentence of 20 years in prison, the third carries a sentence of four years.

At 3:23 a.m. Friday, May 17, police were called to the home of Gary VanElslander on the report of a fire which was caused by someone throwing an incendiary device through a kitchen window. The fire was extinguished by family members.

Kay was arrested after police tracked his footprints through wet grass.

Kay, 21, and a Park resident, has been free on $35,000 bond.

He will report back to court Jan. 28, 2015.

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