Central Point Man Guilty of Arson; Sentenced to 7½ Years
A Jackson County Jury found Darryl Wayne Smith Junior, 27, of Central Point guilty of first degree arson, aggravated animal abuse and first degree burglary Thursday and he was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison.
Smith set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s home in the early morning hours of January 17th, 2012, and that fire caused the death of the victim’s pet rabbit.
A Medford Fire and Rescue Captain said the fire was dangerous because of its intense heat and its rapid spread. It was set in the living room next to a bookcase and near the rabbit’s cage.
Smith was arrested the night of the fire as he spoke to investigators and attempted to lead them away from the origin of the fire.
First degree arson is a measure 11 crime that carries a mandatory seven and a half year sentence and aggravated animal abuse is a felony and is charged when a person maliciously kills or tortures an animal.