Fines, fees paid in car fire case

  • The car was totaled in the blaze. FILE PHOTO

  • Nathaniel Weddle COURTESY PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, June 13, 2016

A Dublin man has paid more than $7,000 in restitution after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a Jaffrey car fire in September.

Nathaniel Weddle, 26, was sentenced last week after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of criminal mischief and a misdemeanor count of receiving stolen property. An arson charge against Weddle was not carried forward as a part of the plea agreement. 

For the criminal mischief charge, Weddle was also sentenced to 360 days in jail, with 270 days suspended for five years. He has already paid $3,400 to Karen Arceci, the owner of the vehicle that was set on fire, and $3,100 to Hartford Insurance Company. 

Weddle is also ordered to have no contact with Karen or David Arceci, and participate in substance misuse treatment and counseling. Weddle will also be on probation for four years after he is released. 

Weddle was sentenced to a consecutive one year sentence, all suspended for five years, relative to the receiving stolen property charge. 

Weddle has been linked to the car fire case since the beginning, as police reports report that he was on scene when they arrived. The incident was reported at 1:37 a.m. on Sept. 23, after a woman saw the fire on Peterborough Street near McDonalds and alerted an officer in the nearby Mr. Mike’s. 

When police arrived, Weddle was standing next to the fully-engulfed 2004 Subaru Legacy. Weddle claimed that he was trying to put the fire out. Weddle was transported to the hospital due to cuts on his wrists and face. 

Weddle turned himself in on a warrant on Nov. 20, 2015.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledgertranscript.com. He is also on Twitter @nhandyMLT.