Sailor acquitted of destroying billion-dollar warship

A military court acquitted sailor Ryan Sawyer Mays of setting a devastating fire in 2020.
1:18 | 10/01/22

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CASUAL CLOTHING, HOME ELEC ELECTRONICS AS WE HEAD TOWARDS THE HOLIDAY SEASON. BACK TO YOU. >>> THIS MORNING A YOUNG SAILOR CLEARED OF CHARGES HE INTENTIONALLY DESTROYED A BILLION DOLLAR WARSHIP. THEY ACCUSED HIM OF SETTING A DEVASTATING FIRE. GOOD MORNING. >> Reporter: GOOD MORNING, EVA. THIS WAS QUITE THE CASE. FINGERS WERE POINTED SQUARELY AT A YOUNG SAILOR AFTER THE FIRE BROKE OUT. TWO YEARS AFTER THE SHIP WAS DESTROYED, RYAN MAYS HAS BEEN FOUND NOT GUILTY. OUTSIDE OF WAR, THIS WAS THE BIGGEST AND IT WAS THE COSTLIEST SHIP FIRE IN THE NAVY'S ENTIRE HISTORY. IT DESTROYED A $1.2 BILLION VESSEL. NAVY PROSECUTORS HAD SAID MAYS LIT CARDBOARD BOXES ON FIRE AND THEY SAID IT WAS BECAUSE HE WAS UPSET HE DID NOT MAKE IT INTO THE NAVY S.E.A.L.s. THERE WAS NO PHYSICAL EVIDENCE THAT CONNECTED HIM TO THE FIRE ON THE SHIP AND MAYS HAD ALWAYS STRONGLY DENIED ALL OF THOSE CHARGES. NOW HE SAID HE HAS LOST HIS FRIENDS, LOST TIME WITH HIS FAMILY AND LOST HIS NAVY CAREER. HE IS NOW LOOKING FORWARD TO JUST STARTING OVER. IT IS STILL UNCLEAR HOW THE FIRE STARTED BUT THE NAVY'S INVESTIGATION UNCOVERED MISTAKES OF THEIR VERY OWN THAT MADE THE FIRE WORSE THAN IT

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