LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) -The legal professional for a Kentucky sailor accused of setting a hearth on a Navy ship claims his shopper is harmless. Seaman Ryan Sawyer Mays is from the Ashland space. He was charged in excess of the summertime for the July 2020 hearth of the USS Bonhomme Richard.

The fireplace, which burned for days, is marked as just one of the worst non-battle warship disasters in the latest memory and the vessel had to be scrapped. A lot more than 60 sailors and civilians ended up hurt.

Previous week it was described that Mays will now experience a courtroom martial for arson.

“He’s adamant he did not do what he’s billed with,” claimed attorney Gary Barthel.

In a WKYT unique interview, Barthel spelled out his client’s facet of the story, a thing he says hasn’t been relatively portrayed. Family members members arrived at out to WKYT’s Chad Hedrick on the lookout to share Mays’ side of the story.

“I consider that the way that the way the case has been portrayed and info that has been supplied to the public has not been exact,” Barthel said. “It hasn’t painted him in a fantastic gentle. It has not been a honest portrayal.”

Prosecutors say Mays set the hearth since he was disgruntled soon after dropping out of Navy SEAL education. Barthel promises there is no actual physical evidence connecting him to the blaze. He suggests prosecutors are banking their circumstance on the testimony of a witness who suggests they saw Mays about exactly where the fire started out.

“He never claimed seeing anyone on the day of the fire go down there. It was various days later on when he claimed he noticed anyone go down there, but he did not realize who it was. Nonetheless, he appreciates Mays.”

Barthel suggests the witness lacks reliability due to the fact it is acknowledged that he didn’t like Mays.

Another witness says Mays created a seeming confession to igniting it.

In December, Sailor Carissa Tubman testified Mays mumbled “I’m responsible, I guess. I did it,” as he was remaining led to the brig in August 2020.

Barthel states his client was being sarcastic as he was wrongfully taken into custody.

“Throughout that interview, he denied any participation in setting a fireplace on the ship, and has persistently denied that. Following NCIS and ATF were accomplished interrogating him, they turned him about to the command. The command seemingly built the determination that they were heading to place him in the brig in pre-demo confinement. Mays was not aware of that.”

Barthel claims that story has also been inconsistent, and when they go ahead of a courtroom martial in the coming times, they glimpse ahead to proving Mays is harmless. He cites wherever dozens of Navy officers, together with numerous admirals, have confronted disciplinary action for failures that investigators stated prevented the blaze from getting put out quicker. He went on to say he would argue there is additional proof that the fire was commenced for the reason that of negligence and the incorrect storage of lithium batteries close to crates of hand sanitizer.

Mays is even now an lively member of the Navy. His legal professional states he experiences for duty every single day.

Barthel states his client faces up to lifestyle in jail if he is convicted.

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