Krystal Gonzales Pleads Guilty to D’Iberville Arson
It sent shockwaves throughout a Harrison County courtroom today. The woman accused in a multi-million dollar first-degree arson case changes her plea from not guilty to guilty. Krystal Gonzales is accused of setting fire to an apartment building in D’iberville. Today marked day two of the trial. News 25’s Kristen Durand was inside the courtroom and joins us with more.
Today, several witnesses took the stand recalling what they remember from the night of March 4th, two years ago, the night an apartment building went up in flames at Arbor View in D’Iberville.
The court heard about three and a half hours of witness testimony and then broke for lunch before Gonzales’ then boyfriend Adam Dubission was scheduled to take the stand. When court resumed, all parties approached the bench when Gonzales admitted to intentionally setting fire to her then boyfriend’s shirt after a day of partying in Biloxi at a Mardi Gras parade. The homes and belongings of dozens of people went up in flames as a result of the fire, which also killed multiple pets.
Witness and former tenant of Arbor View Lawankia Farley said she was surprised by the admission but relieved. “I was just really excited. I was happy, but I didn’t want to show too many emotions because of course on one side of the courtroom you know we’re happy, we’re relieved and on the other side of the courtroom, they were sad and upset. I forgave her back when it happened because I mean, that is the Christian thing to do is to forgive. I forgave her. I just wanted her to own up to it and take responsibility for her actions.”
Gonzalez faces anywhere from five to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Her sentencing is set for next Thursday at 1:30.