- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - A 28-year-old woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for setting fire to a 20 unit building at a D’Iberville apartment complex.

Judge Chris Schmidt said Thursday he considered the severity of the crime — first-degree arson — in imposing a 20-year sentence, with 13 years suspended and five years on supervised release.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1Rqy3Me) Harrison County prosecutors had recommended the sentence after Krystal Gonzalez decided on the second day of her trial last week to plead guilty. Schmidt also ordered Gonzalez to pay $1.2 million in restitution.

Schmidt said he realized Gonzalez did not intend to burn down a building when she set fire to her boyfriend’s shirt in their third-floor apartment on the night of Fat Tuesday 2014, but the act itself was intentional.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com


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