Tecumseh arsonist receives sentence

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Jeanette Naugle, 28, of Tecumseh was sentenced on Aug. 30 for burning her husband’s house on Nov. 21, 2011. Judge Timothy P. Pickard handed down a sentence of 18 months to 10 years. The arson at the Naugle home in Macon was done in retaliation after her husband served Naugle with divorce papers that included a challenge for custody of their son.

The fire occurred in a bedroom, but the whole home suffered smoke damage. Before entering a guilty plea in the case, Naugle first tried to place the blame for the crime on her father. When officials ruled that out, Naugle claimed the fire was not arson but a suicide attempt.

After Naugle was arrested in December, she went through a full psychological evaluation by a state psychologist. She was found competent to stand trial, as well as being responsible for her actions.

Probation was requested by Naugle so she could work to pay off $114,509 in restitution, but the court denied her request. Pickard did order psychological counseling for Naugle during her time in prison. According to Assistant Lenawee County Prosecutor Douglas Hartung, if Naugle is a model prisoner, she could be released in less than 18 months.

The State of Michigan requires serving at least 80 percent of any prison sentence. A parole board will determine whether Naugle is rehabilitated after approximately 14-and-a-half months.

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