The charges against a Liverpool man accused of setting fire to an apartment complex so he could collect insurance money have been dropped.
Christopher Deverso was accused of setting fire to the garage of Norstar Apartments in Clay in July of 2012. The fire caused nearly half a million dollars in damages to the 40-bay garage at the apartment complex, where Deverso was keeping his two classic Chevy Camaros.
The trial was supposed to begin on Monday, but prosecutors said their star witness was recorded in jail saying he was going to lie on the witness stand.
Judge Joseph Fahey dismissed Deverso's guilty plea to a lesser charge of third degree attempted arson in October. That charge would have meant six months in jail with five months probation. He would have also had to pay back payments of up to $10,000 and withdraw all insurance claims.