For Immediate Release - July 25, 2016

Lynn Woman Found Guilty of Arson

A Lynn woman was found guilty of arson in connection with a 2015 house fire that displaced two families for five months and destroyed nearly everything they owned.

After a week-long trial, an Essex Superior Court jury returned guilty verdicts today, convicting Susan Brown, 52, of Arson of a Dwelling and Causing Injury to a Firefighter.  Judge James Lang ordered her into custody pending a sentencing hearing scheduled for August 8, 2016.

Essex Assistant District Attorney Christina Ronan introduced evidence that proved that Susan Brown intentionally set fire to a couch in the living room of the first floor apartment at 25 Huss Court in Lynn on June 29, 2015.  While suppressing the fire, a Lynn firefighter sustained a laceration which required hospital treatment.   The defendant, who was staying with the family that lived in the first floor apartment at the time, reported the fire.  After several weeks, fire investigators had ruled out all accidental causes and determined that the defendant had intentionally set the fire. 

ADA Ronan thanked Trooper Justin Peledge, of the Massachusetts State Fire Marshall’s Arson & Explosives Unit and Lynn Fire Department Lt. Joe Fannon for their work on the investigation.  Essex Victim Witness Advocate Tiffany Sullivan assisted with the case.

The defendant was represented by Attorney Jessica Lee.