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Teens identified in Payette arson case

Posted at 11:20 AM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 19:22:41-05

The Payette Police Department has released the name of three juveniles facing felonies for their role in an arson case.

Paul Hendrix-Mills, 14, and Donovan Ferreira, 16, are charged with arson and conspiracy to commit arson.  Both charges are felonies and both teens could face up to 25 years in prison, a $100,000 bond or both.

Two other juveniles are charged with conspiracy to commit arson including Travis Kenney, 14. The other defendant, a 15-year-old has not been arrested at this time and his case is sealed.

Police are continuing to investigate the incident including search warrants for social media accounts. 

A fifth person remains under investigation for alleged destruction of evidence in the case.

The fire occurred on February 22nd and destroyed Payette High School principal Mark Heleker’s home and three cars parked in the driveway.

Payette Fire Chief Steve Castenada says the blaze started in a trash can outside the garage. He says investigators think the suspects set the fire in retaliation for being suspended.

Three of the teens are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on March 14th, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.