Duff In Court For Alleged Thrift Shop Arson Charges

Nathan W. Duff

A negotiated plea hearing was scheduled, but not held Wednesday in the case of the man charged with allegedly setting fire to the HSHS Holy Family Hospital Thrift Shop.

Nathan W. Duff, age 20, of Greenville, was in Bond County Circuit Court Wednesday morning. He is charged with arson.

During the hearing, Duff’s Attorney, Patrick Schaufelberger, advised Judge Christopher Bauer that while discussions of a plea agreement have begun, State’s Attorney Dora Mann has been unable to obtain necessary information, specifically a restitution figure from the hospital.

Mann confirmed Schaufelberger’s assessment on the status of the case.

Attorney Schaufelberger asked that new date be set. Judge Bauer reported a pre-trial hearing is already scheduled for July 10, but if an agreement is reached before then, the parties could notify the court.

A trial date has been scheduled for July 22.

Duff is being held in the Bond County jail on $7,500 cash bond.

The felony charge alleges Duff, by means of fire, damaged the Thrift Shop without the consent of HSHS Holy Family Hospital.

The Thrift Shop has been closed since the April 22 fire, which caused considerable damage to the front of the building, and smoke damage throughout.

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