Arraignment of Fountain, arson suspect, delayed

  • Wednesday, August 2, 2017 10:00am
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Blake Fountain, the 48-year-old arson suspect involved in the July 6 fire that claimed two Useless Bay Colony homes, had his arraignment continued until 1:30 p.m. Aug. 14.

It’s the third time his arraignment has been pushed back. Requests to continue his arraignment have been made due to “issues regarding Mr. Fountain’s mental state,” according to Chief Criminal Prosecutor Eric Ohme in a previous story in The Record.

Island County Prosecuting Attorney Greg Banks added Island County Superior Court Judge Alan Hancock authorized the use of public funds to hire a psychiatrist to evaluate Fountain. The authorization was made at the first arraignment hearing two weeks ago.

Fountain is facing between 21 and 27 months in prison under the standard sentence range.

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