Morgan pleads guilty to arson charges

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By Deidre Wilson

A woman who was accused of setting fire to her estranged husband’s home in March 2016 pleaded guilty to three counts of arson on Monday in Campbell County Criminal Court.

Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Jeffers wrote in a report at the time of Janie Morgan’s arrest that he observed a vent that had been burned that goes underneath the residence at the back of the house.

Jeffers called in detectives to process the scene, and the Tennessee Bomb and Arson Division of the State Fire Marshal’s office was also called to investigate.

In a hearing on Monday, Assistant District Attorney Tom Barclay noted that Morgan had originally been charged with four counts of aggravated arson, because there were occupants inside the dwelling at the time the fire was set.

“Two of those victims are present. They do not wish to be recognized, but they have been consulted with and are in agreement with this disposition,” Barclay said.

Morgan will serve 30 days in jail with credit for time served between Feb. 23, 2016 and March 14, 2016.

Once released, she will serve 10 years under judicial diversion, which means she will be under supervised probation for 10 years.

Once she completes her probation, she will be able to appeal to have the charges removed from her record.