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Siblings arraigned for arson

Rochester / Spencerport, N.Y. --- A brother and sister entered not guilty pleas in front of a New York State Supreme Court Justice on Monday. The two are accused of arson relating to a fire at a Spencerport home in February. A mother and two children were inside the home around 6:30 a.m. when the fire was first reported.

"The charges do allege that the fire occurred when there were individuals present, explained Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Brian Green. The fire occurred at 6:30 in the morning when individuals were sleeping and we do take that very seriously.

Ashley and John Sizemore were both arrested shortly after the fire was reported. Deputies located them less than a mile from the scene. They were both in a minivan that, according to authorities, was reported stolen. The pair also faces a charge of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property.

The maximum sentence if either or both are convicted of the arson charge is twenty-five years in state prison.

The fire happened in February at a home on Sandstone Drive. A 13WHAM News investigation placed former Irondequoit Police Officer turned convict at the fire scene talking with police and firefighters. The mother of the two children inside the home when it started is a known acquaintance of Rahns.

Rahn, like his father former Greece Police Chief Merritt Rahn, spent time in state prison for crimes he committed when he was a sworn police officer.

A 13WHAM News investigation further showed that both Ashley and John Sizemore are the siblings of Chad Rahns estranged wife Stephanie who now lives in South Carolina.

In an unrelated incident, John Sizemore was charged with 2nd Degree Assault stemming from an altercation with another inmate at the Monroe County Jail since his arrest in February. He is also being held in jail on a New York State Parole detainer.

Ashley Sizemore posted $15,000 cash bail following her initial arrest. She was accompanied to court on Monday by Thomas Torpey, a notorious figure in Rochesters mob scene who served 26 years in state prison for murder. Torpey explained he has been a close friend of Sizemores for many years and he was in court to support her during this challenging time.

Authorities tell 13WHAM News the investigation is still open and more charges or arrests are not being ruled out.

 
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