Man charged in violent domestic

TONAWANDA SENECA NATION — A man who served a state prison term for setting fire to the Chiefs Council Office building in 2008 has been arrested and charged with a vicious assault during a domestic dispute earlier this year, state police said.

Rodney W. Willis Jr., 41, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree assault for causing serious injuries to another person on Feb. 20. The charge is a class B violent felony punishable by up to 25 years in prison.

Willis was arraigned in Town of Alabama Court and committed to Genesee County Jail without bail.

Willis in 2008 was sentenced to a five-to-10-year prison term for arson.

He set fire to a log-cabin style building which for years served as a meeting house for the Council of Chiefs. The building also housed historical records and served as a pre-K classroom.

Willis was released from prison in 2017.

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