Brockton: Arson suspects will remain in custody, judge denies motions to reconsider bail

A Brockton District Court judge denied motions Tuesday to reconsider bail for two Middleboro men who police believe are linked to two dozen intentionally set fires.

Mark Sargent’s attorney, Jason Howard, argued in court that Sargent is only being charged with setting fire to an undeveloped building in West Bridgewater and other allegations made by police in regards to a string of South Shore fires aren’t substantiated. 

Howard asked the judge to set bail for the 45-year-old, who’s been in custody since his arrest in late January, but Sargent will continue to be held without bail. 

A co-defendant in the case is Jeanmarie Louis, the son of Sargent’s girlfriend. 

Last month, cash bail was set for Louis but the 23-year-old’s been unable to post $10,000. The judge denied a request by Louis’ attorney, Jennifer Sunderland, to lower bail. 

Both attorneys argued that no eye witness connects Sargent or Louis to the West Bridgewater fire. The investigation into other building fires that date back to September is ongoing. 

The two men are scheduled to return to court March 26th.

Attorney Jason Howard (left), Attorney Jennifer Sunderland (right)

(Sargent and Louis are standing behind their attorneys)

About Trisha McNeilly

With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.