Teen indicted for Wickland arson

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By Staff

A 17-year-old accused of setting fire to a historic house on the Wickland property in July was indicted on arson, theft and mischief charges Wednesday.

Jacob K. Young, who turns 18 in April, was indicted by a Nelson County Grand Jury on complicity to second-degree arson, complicity to theft by unlawful taking or disposition, and complicity to first-degree criminal mischief. According to the indictment, Young was “acting alone or in concert with” an unnamed juvenile on July 20 or July 21 when he started a fire or caused an explosion with intent to destroy or damage the residence.

The fire damaged the small brick house beside the old Wickland mansion off Bloomfield Road. The house was built in the 1820s and housed family heirlooms and other possessions owned by descendants of the Wickliffe family.

Young and the other juvenile, who is 15, were arrested shortly after the blaze and the charges were issued. In addition to the arson charges, the teens were accused of stealing a Ford Explorer and damaging it. They were caught after they flipped the vehicle and fled the scene.

Young’s bail was set at $100,000 cash only, plus conditions. His arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court is scheduled for Feb. 22.