WENY News - Dryden Man Accused of Arson in Ithaca Dies in Prison

Dryden Man Accused of Arson in Ithaca Dies in Prison

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ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) -- A Dryden man accused of setting an Ithaca home on fire Wednesday morning died in prison on Friday.

According to the Sheriff's Office, 31-Year old Josh Reeves died at 10:58 AM in Tompkins County Jail. The statement did not specify cause of death, but it did say there's no indication of foul play. 

Reeves was arrested Wednesday night after he set fire to a house on Hudson Street. Reeves accused one of the residents of having sex with his girlfriend. The resident denied the accusations, but did receive texts from Reeves threatening to kill him. 

A teenager drove Reeves to Hudson Street, believing that he was there to collect a food stamp card. Reeves left his vehicle for about 15 minutes, and when he returned the teenager realized the house was on fire. 

The teenager told police that Reeves had told him "They got what they deserved, they were messing with the wrong person." The teenager drove Reeves back to Dryden before calling the Ithaca Police Department. 

Reeves' death is currently being investigated. 

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