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.

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