Q: Are Jamal Shehadeh and Brian Stone incarcerated in the Sacramento County Jail, or is there a federal jail in Sacramento? If there is a trial, will the public be able to attend it, even if it is a federal court case?
H. Singh, Elk Grove
A: Jamal M. Shehadeh and Brian J. Stone are being held without bail in the Sacramento County Jail.
They, along with a third man, Saber A. Shehadeh, were indicted March 18 in federal court in Sacramento, accused of collecting $1.5 million in insurance money in an arson fraud scheme that included setting fires at Sacramento-area commercial buildings.
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Jamal Shehadeh, a Sacramento businessman, is charged with 60 criminal counts, including arson, mail and wire fraud and money laundering involving seven fires at six commercial buildings, including Tru Value Market in Sacramento.
Stone, the father of French train hero Spencer Stone, allegedly provided business services, including assisting with insurance claims after seven fires in Sacramento and Carmichael between 2009 and 2013.
Trials in federal court are open to the public.