Warren woman given credit for time served for arson conviction

By Juliette Laaka | Dec 20, 2013
Christie Look

Rockland — A 37-year-old Warren woman was granted credit for time served for a December 2011 blaze she pleaded guilty to starting.

Christie Look addressed Justice Jeffrey Hjelm before the sentence was imposed Dec. 20 to thank him for his fairness and thoughtfulness throughout her trial. Reading from a statement, she said today she is grateful, hopeful, and taking responsibility.

Look pleaded guilty to one charge of arson last January. A second charge of arson was dismissed.

Look said she has been given a second chance to help others and give back to her community. She said she is sorry for the crime, adding she could not believe she was capable of causing such fear, destruction, and pain.

Look attended a treatment facility for nine months and also spent four months in jail for the crime. She has also been seeing a counselor.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Fernald and defense attorney William Pagnano agreed to a 9-month cap for time Look would serve on a five-year sentence.

Hjelm imposed a ruling of credit for time served because he said he did not want to interrupt Look's progress. He said the crime was very serious, and a nine-month sentence would be justified, but considering the circumstances surrounding the case, the ruling was fair.

Hjelm also said he was impressed by the letters of support he received on Look's behalf that spoke of her improvement and dedication to addiction recovery.

Hjelm said Look had made profound progress and through the terrible process of committing a crime, had learned to deal with issues and approach her life in a positive and productive way.

Look was arrested in February 2012 for setting a fire at a four-unit apartment building at 25 Talbot Ave. Dec. 1, 2011. She was a tenant of the building. The fire caused significant fire damage to one apartment, and moderate fire-related damage to the other apartments, which displaced all occupants, at least temporarily. No one was injured.

She told police she had set the fire in an attempt to commit suicide.

Restitution was not imposed as a factually based figure had not been provided by the previous owner of the apartment building.

Look will be subject to four years on probation.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 or by email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Dec 20, 2013 17:42

Something positive in the young woman's life came out of something so sad.  Like to read stories like this.  Hope that there will be more in the future.


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