Brockton District Court: Cash bail set for one arson suspect, the other remains in custody

The attorneys of two arson suspects who are being charged with setting fire to an undeveloped building in West Bridgewater, and are believed to have involvement in 23 other fires, told a Brockton District Court judge Thursday that the pair isn’t a danger to the public.

But despite efforts by Mark Sargent’s attorney, the 45-year-old Middleboro man has been ordered held without bail until he returns to court later this month.

But prior to the judge announcing her decision, Sargent’s attorney, Jason Howard, argued that when police pulled Sargent over after the fire was discovered, he was driving a grey Subaru Outback which doesn’t match the description given by witnesses.

“Talk about investigation–they got a red Honda departing the scene at the time of the reported fire yet my client sits in the defendant’s chair asked to be held as a danger on clear and convincing evidence when there is none,” said Howard

Sargent’s girlfriend’s son, Jean Marie Louis, was a passenger in Sargent’s car and was also arrested. Louis’ attorney argued that her 23-year-old client was in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“Up until two weeks ago, he was working for a company called NCS doing repairs to cellphone towers. He had received training doing that specific type of repair. He’s a high school graduate. This isn’t somebody who fits the prototype of an arsonist,” said Attorney Jennifer Sunderland

The judge did agree that there wasn’t enough evidence against Louis and ordered that he be released on $10,000 cash bail. If Louis does post bail, he is to abide by a curfew and wear a GPS monitor.

Louis and Sargent are due back in Brockton District Court February 26th.

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