Four Idaho Students Arrested For Burning Down Principal’s House Charged As Adults

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Feb. 20 2017, Updated 10:46 p.m. ET

Four Idaho students, three high schoolers and one middle schooler, were arrested this week, accused of burning down a school principal’s house. No one was injured in the occupied home, but the suspected act of arson saw not only the house of Payette High School principal Mark Heleker burned to the ground, but also the loss of three vehicles that were in the residence’s driveway. Prosecutors say that the boys, all teens, will be charged as adults for their actions.

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The Idaho Statesman reported March 4 that Payette County prosecutor Anne-Marie Kelso stated in a news release Friday that, in accordance with Idaho state law, the teens would be charged and tried as adults. In fact, Idaho legal statutes require that anyone 14 years of age and older, when committing certain felony crimes (such as murder, rape, robbery, and first-degree arson), are to be tried as such. All of the students are 14 and older.

Prosecutor Kelso released three of the four students’ names and the criminal charges they face. The three teens were identified as Paul Hendrix-Mills, 14; Donavan Ferreira, 16; and Travis Kenney, 14. Both Mills and Ferreira were charged with felony arson and felony conspiracy to commit arson, while Kenney was charged with conspiracy to commit arson. A fourth student allegedly involved in the house burning is also charged with conspiracy to commit arson but has yet to be arraigned. He is 15-years-old.

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