Rensselaer County District Mary Pat Donnelly announced that on Wednesday,
February 20, 2019, Duane W. Miles, age 40, pled guilty to one count of Arson in the
Second Degree, a class B violent felony in satisfaction of a twenty-one count indictment.
On June 5, 2018, the Troy Police Department and Troy Fire Department
investigated a string of arsons in Lansingburgh. Starting with a broken window at St.
Augustine’s Church, the indictment alleged that Miles set the outside of two houses on
fire, and following Miles’s path north, investigators found burn marks on the outside of
another residence and several structures. Miles was apprehended by a K9 officer in an
alleyway, wearing a bright orange sweater and in close proximity to a bright orange hat
and a lighter.
Miles will be sentenced to a term of five (5) years of state prison with five (5)
years of post-release supervision on March 22, 2019, which will run concurrently with
eight (8) years and two (2) years of post-release supervision on the drug charge in front of
Rensselaer County Court Judge Debra J. Young.
Donnelly said, “Both the Troy Police Department and the New York State Office
of Fire Prevention and Control, Arson Unit worked tirelessly to build this case. Our
community is a safer place as a result of their efforts.”
Assistant District Attorneys Carl Rosenkranz and Rachel DeCapita prosecuted the