Arson Damages Home Of Teen Driver Charged In Fatal Crash

DIMONDALE (AP) – Authorities say an intentionally set fire damaged the Lansing-area home of a high school senior who is facing prison time in a drunken driving crash that killed three teenage passengers.

The Lansing State Journal reports Wednesday that the May 17 fire destroyed an early 1900s barn and garage that officials said was about 8 feet from the Dimondale home where 17-year-old Brett Johnson lives with his mother and older brother.

The home and another nearby had severe damage. A third home had minor damage.

Johnson pleaded guilty last month to one count of driving while intoxicated causing death in the deaths of two fellow Holt High School seniors and a Holt graduate.

Seventeen-year-olds Anthony Harris and Holly Bossenbery died following the Jan. 30 crash in Ingham County’s Meridian Township along with 18-year-old Holt graduate Taylyr Cochran.

Johnson faces up to 15 years in prison when sentenced June 8 in Ingham County Circuit Court.

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