Gonzales gets Seven Years for D’Iberville Arson
Krystal Gonzales has been sentenced to seven years in prison and was ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution for burning down an apartment building. This comes after her guilty plea last week when she admitted to starting the fire that destroyed the Arbor View apartment complex in D’iberville back in 2014.
Today, her family pleaded with Judge Chris Schmidt to have mercy on Gonzales, saying she was a woman with goals at the time of the crime. They also said she supported her family back in California. Judge Schmidt said he took into consideration that Gonzales has no prior record but went on to say nobody wins in this case, pointing out that her actions uprooted many people’s lives.
When asked if there was anything that she’d like to say about this sentencing today, Anna Gonzales, Krystal’s mother, said, “No, just we’re upset. That’s it but thank you.”
Phil Harding escaped during the fire. He said, “I harbor no ill will toward the defendant. I think she needs to be held accountable for her actions. Don’t want to ruin the rest of her life but I think some time needs to be served here. I think this is a just result and a just sentence.”
During today’s sentencing, Gonzales also had the opportunity to plea with the judge in her defense. She told him she takes full responsibility for the damage she caused and she said she realizes this is a terrible tragedy and she is solely responsible for it.