GRANVILLE, N.Y. - A Saratoga County man facing charges of attempted murder and arson turned down a plea deal Friday.
Joseph Guerreir, 56, is accused of starting a fire at a home on Mettowee Street in March. His attorney says though he turned down the plea deal on Friday, he will appeal and a plea could be possible.
Guerreir and 44-year-old Stephen Gyarmathy, both of Porters Corners, are charged with attempted second degree murder, arson, conspiracy, and reckless endangerment. Both men remain behind bars.
Police say Gyarmathy's ex-girlfriend, who is related to Guerrier, and child lived in the upstairs apartment of the home they attempted to burn down.
Authorities say Gyarmathy had a fight with his ex-girlfriend back in March about the woman's child not returning home for visitation. That is when, officials believe, he then started drinking. After an all-day binge, court papers reveal Gyarmathy asked his roommate, Guerreir, to drive him to the ex-girlfriend's home to vandalize her car. When that plan didn't work out though, Gyarmathy allegedly set fire to the stairs of the home.
The fire injured one resident and forced 11 others to evacuate.
Guerreir drove his roommate back to their home in Porters Corners where they were interviewed by police and confessed to the crime.
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