FARMINGTON — A fourth man has been indicted on arson and conspiracy charges in connection with allegedly setting fire to two homes in June in Wilton and Carthage.

Einer A. Bonilla, 22, of Grand Island, Nebraska, was indicted by a Franklin County grand jury Friday on four counts of arson, class A, and one count of conspiracy, class B, for his alleged involvement in fires set to a home on Sewall Street in Wilton and a home on Winter Hill Road in Carthage on June 27.

The three other men believed to be involved, Duane Bailey, 28, of Carver, Massachusetts., D’Kota Rowe, 20, of Wilton, and Devon Pease, 22, of Jay, were indicted by a grand jury in August, according to the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office.

Bailey and Rowe were indicted on four counts of arson and conspiracy in connection with the Wilton and Carthage fires. Pease is believed to be involved only in setting the Wilton fire and was indicted on two counts of arson and one count of conspiracy.

Bonilla had been named by Rowe for his involvement in the fires in an affidavit filed by the Office of the State Fire Marshal, but Bailey told police he acted alone for his part in the fire, and Bonilla wasn’t charged by authorities with the other three in August.

The four men are charged with setting fire to a vacant mobile home early on the morning of June 27 on Sewall Street in Wilton. According to the affidavit, the original target was a house on Main Street which belonged to a man Rowe and Bailey allegedly had an ongoing feud with.

When barking dogs and a motion sensor spotlight at the Main Street home prevented the men from setting fire to that house, they set fire to the vacant Sewall Street home, hoping the fire would spread to their original target, the affidavit said.

Bailey, Bonilla and Rowe are accused of setting fire to a log cabin-style home, which was also vacant, on Winter Hill Road in Carthage an hour after setting the Wilton fire.

Bonilla, Rowe and Bailey also were indicted in August on charges of burglary in connection to a string of convenience store robberies in Weld, New Vineyard and Jay, for which they were arrested for in July.

Lauren Abbate — 861-9252

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