‘No contest’ plea in cabin arson case
CRYSTAL FALLS—A Crystal Falls woman accused of aiding and abetting the destruction of a cabin on Fortune Lake by fire late last year pleaded no contest to second degree arson at a supplemental pretrial conference in Iron County Trial Court on July 9.
Rachael Joy Kirschner, 26, accepted a plea deal that included the dismissal of the other charges she faced: conspiracy to commit second-degree arson (a 20-year felony) and lying to a police officer (two-year high court misdemeanor).
Second-degree arson is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a $20,000 fine or three times the value of the property damaged or destroyed, whichever is greater.
Defense attorney Geoffrey Lawrence said his client agreed to plead no contest because of the potential for civil liability in the case.