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Defense Attorney of Principal Accused of Arson Reacts to State's "Motion to Dismiss" Charges

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A former high school principal accused of arson may no longer face any charges.

A motion to dismiss charges was filed Thursday, and Thomas Sander's defense attorney says that's most likely after a motion to suppress evidence hearing was granted on Monday.

Lloyd Suhr says they are "very pleased with the state not to pursue the charges" further.

Sander previously faced a charge of arson and endangering by fire.

That's after a fire was started inside the Dickinson Trinity High School this spring.

Sander faced up to 20 years in prison and a 40 thousand dollar fine.

Even with a motion to dismiss filed July 3rd, defense attorney Lloyd Suhr says this case is still pending, and a judge will have to sign off on the order on Monday.

Suhr says a court ruling the previous Monday had a huge impact on the case.

Monday, Judge William Herauf threw out evidence after it was revealed that Thomas Sander had not been read his miranda rights properly.

Suhr says after that happened, the defense team anticipated there would be a lack of evidence for the state to proceed.


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