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Man Who Admitted Setting Sub Fire Loses His Appeal

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - The man convicted of setting a fire that badly damaged a nuclear-powered submarine at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has lost one appeal and says he will file another appeal.

The Portsmouth Herald reports that Casey Fury lost his appeal to the U.S. District Court in Maine and has filed notice he'll next appeal to the U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.

Fury pleaded guilty to setting the 2012 fire inside the USS Miami, but he later told the newspaper that he didn't remember setting the fire. He's appealing his 17-year sentence on grounds of inadequate counsel, among other things.

Prosecutors said Fury was suffering from anxiety and set the fire because he wanted to go home. The fire caused $700 million in damage, and the ship was scrapped.