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Inmate charged with starting fire inside cell at Cheshire Correctional Institution

Inmate charged with starting fire inside cell at Cheshire Correctional Institution



 CHESHIRE — An inmate faces charges after police said he started a fire inside his cell at Cheshire Correctional Institution in February. 

Edward Hallet, 22, of 789 Congress Ave., New Haven, was charged last month with first-degree arson, reckless burning, first-degree criminal mischief, and second-degree reckless endangerment. 

On Feb. 19, prison staff reported that an inmate, later identified as Hallet, was found alone in a cell with an active fire, according to police reports.  Inmates and staff were evacuated and the Cheshire fire department responded and extinguished the fire.

Hallet appeared in Meriden Superior Court on Monday.  A public defender representing him requested a probable cause hearing, which was scheduled for April 25.

Hallet is currently serving a 30 month sentence for a violation of probation charge. 

 Lauren Sellew

 


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