Sailor charged in ship fire was Navy SEAL dropout
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A sailor charged with starting the fire that destroyed USS Bonhomme Richard had been assigned to the ship’s crew after dropping out of Navy SEAL training, according to a newly unsealed court document.
The details about 20-year-old Ryan Mays and the investigation into the worst U.S. warship fire in recent memory were revealed in a search warrant unsealed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in San Diego.
Mays was charged Thursday with aggravated arson and the willful hazarding of a vessel. His lawyer, Gary Barthel, said his client maintains his innocence.
Barthel says he had not seen the search warrant yet and could not comment.