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Saltonstall Street arsonist loses appeal in Canandaigua

A Canandaigua man who was part of a three-person conspiracy to set fire to a vacant Saltonstall Street house to collect the insurance money will remain in prison.

The convictions of Samuel Crawford, 37, formerly of 2110 Route 21, were unanimously upheld Friday by state Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department.

Crawford; his wife, Shallamar Hayward-Crawford, 33; and William Bradley Jr., 26; were each convicted of arson, attempted insurance fraud and conspiracy in connection with a plot to burn down a vacant rental property at 41 Saltonstall St., owned by Hayward-Crawford, that the couple was having trouble leasing because of code violations, according to court records.

The Dec. 22, 2013 fire destroyed the house and damaged two adjacent houses.

Bradley had been promised $1,000 to torch the structure and was driven to the house by Hayward-Crawford, who waited for him on another street to take him back to her house where she and her husband had planned the crimes with him for about two hours.

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