Nov. 20 — A woman from Marysville made an indisputable plea Wednesday to arson of an inhabited structure and one count of assault and battery against a detention officer.
Dejanae Morris, 19, was arrested on July 27 for intentionally starting a fire at an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Ramirez Street, Marysville, which resulted in the displacement of 18 residents. Morris was a resident of the apartment complex. The fire caused the total loss of one apartment, severe smoke damage to five apartments, and minor damage to the rest of the complex. The fire damaged the structural integrity of the building and five units were found to be unoccupied, according to appeal records.
Yuba County District Attorney Clint Curry said that in return for his plea, Morris will receive a probation bursary and one year in jail for the county. She will have to pay restitution to the victims, which Curry has estimated at around $ 500,000. The probation service will calculate the exact amount before conviction. Curry said some of the displaced victims are still trying to secure stable accommodation.
“I was very moved hearing their stories of hardship and resilience,” Curry said in an email. “I accepted a probation grant for Ms. Morris because of her youth, lack of previous criminal conduct, sanity at the time of the incident, comments from victims and my belief that she is a good candidate for rehabilitation in the community. Ms. Morris, a 19 year old girl fresh out of the reception system, was not mentally well when she set her apartment on fire. showed that his mental health had deteriorated in the months leading up to the fire. “
He credited medical staff at Yuba County Jail with stabilizing Morris’s mental health and said Morris now had remorse.
“In this case, I think the community is best served if Ms. Morris admits what she’s done and then works with probation to become a productive member of the community,” said Curry. “If Ms. Morris chooses not to embark on her rehabilitation, the judge will still have the option of sending her to jail for up to eight years.”
The battery on an officers tally comes from the fact that Morris broke a tablet and damaged a television in the prison. While detained for this incident, she kicked an officer. The officer was not injured, according to Curry.
Morris is due to be sentenced on Jan. 18 at 9 a.m., Yuba District Deputy Chief Prosecutor Shiloh Sorbello has said that after Morris’s custody credits are applied, his jail term will be around six. month.
“Therefore, she is expected to be released approximately a week after the scheduled sentencing date,” Sorbello said in an email.