Jordan Cullen, 18, was arrested in connection with several fires on Mt. St. Joe campus that occurred this week. Just how many fires were started is still not clear. But, Cullen is facing two counts of aggravated arson at this point.
The fires were started in trash cans and there are also reports of papers on dorm walls being ignited. Cullen is a student at Mt. St. Joe and actually lives on campus in one of the buildings where the fires occurred. Interestingly, the suspect’s father is a Professor of criminal justice and sociology at the University of Cincinnati.
According to this article at Cincinnati.com, details are still fuzzy and several fires are still being investigated. Estimated damages are about $20,000 and mostly due to water damage from extinguishing the fires.
One person was treated at the scene while another was transported to the hospital for smoke inhalation. One student suffered a seizure and died during the fires but it is believed the fire was not to blame.
Aggravated arson is perhaps the most serious property damage offense in the state of Ohio. If convicted, Cullen could face up to 10 years in prison for each count. SO far, two counts has her looking at up to 20 years behind bars.
Property offenses aren’t always a simple fine. Things like criminal damage, criminal mischief, and vandalism all carry quite stiff penalties. For details of the potential penalties for each of these offenses, check out this summary of common property offenses.
Facing any amount of jail time, whether a misdemeanor or felony charge is a serious matter and one that requires the right defense attorney. Having handled numerous property crime charges in the state of Ohio, I am confident I can help you should you be facing charges.