|Perrysburg arsonist released from jail|
|Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Tuesday, 02 April 2013 10:17|
After serving one year of her four-year prison sentence, the woman convicted of setting fire to her Perrysburg apartment and others was granted judicial release Monday afternoon.
Chelsea Smothers, now 21, appeared in her jail-issued uniform on Monday with her attorney, Scott Hicks.
Smothers pleaded guilty to two counts of arson in regard to the fires she set at her Lake Vue apartment complex in February 2011. She was sentenced by Judge Reeve Kelsey in March 2012.
Hicks spoke first telling the judge, "She has done a lot of positive things with her time in custody."
In requesting the early release, Hicks first listed many of the self-help and educational courses she has pursued while in custody. He concluded that his client "used this time as constructively as any client I've ever had."
"I've had a lot of time to thing about what I have done and the way I was living my life," Smothers said when given her chance to address the court. "I feel great remorse and I want to make amends. I want to move forward with my life."
The prosecutor in the case, Aram Ohanion, said he would allow the court to rule without comment except to note he would request restitution be made and that she continue her counseling and evaluations.
Hicks said that his client has learned to be a dog obedience instructor as well as having completed domestic violence, anger management and self-improvement classes, to name a few.
Hicks said his client is continuing to see both a psychologist and psychiatrist and her plan involves living with her father.
"Her family is staunchly behind her," the attorney said.
In granting her the early release, Kelsey placed her on five years of community control sanctions, ordered her to seek both mental health and anger management assessments and to follow any or all recommendations of those programs. He also ordered 400 hours of community service and for Smothers to be employed or in school.
The judge also reserved the right to impose further sanctions should she fail to follow all of the requirements of her community control. Those further sanctions could include reimposing the remaining time on her four years in prison.
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