Alberta Justice says a stay of proceedings is in place in a case where police say someone tried to set fire to a Whitecourt home with family members still inside.
Jayden Allen Lochhead had been facing charges of arson and unlawful confinement.
The stay of proceedings, put in place October 4 in Stoney Plain court, means the crown has one year to come up with more evidence or the charges will be withdrawn.
Lochhead was charged in February after a man told Whitecourt RCMP his grandson had locked him in the basement and tried to set some cardboard and firewood ablaze.
The grandson then took off in his grandmother’s vehicle and was later arrested in Peace River.
Lochhead was given a 70-day jail sentence, minus 69 days credit time served, in Peace River court in July after pleading guilty to a charge of taking a motor vehicle without consent. Eight other charges were withdrawn.
He was also given another month behind bars after pleading guilty to three charges, including obstructing a peace officer and operating a vehicle while disqualified, in another case out of Rocky Mountain House.