Activist takes no issue with arson in Jackson home fire

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JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) — Nicole Joy has not contested third-degree arson in connection with a house fire in August 2017.

Joly is charged with setting fire to their home on August 10, 2017. Police say investigators found evidence of accelerants and gasoline in the home after the fire. Laboratory tests later confirmed that gasoline had been used in the fire that destroyed the house.

Background: Jackson’s house fire that killed multiple pets is being investigated for arson

The fire happened days after Jackson’s first Pride Parade, which Joly had coordinated.

Joly was suspected of being responsible and was charged with arson in September 2018. Police said they made the decision to charge Joly based on physical evidence and a video showing Joly at a gas station of Marathon on the day of the fire.

The maximum possible sentence for third-degree arson is 10 years in prison. A no contest plea is treated as a guilty plea in that it results in a conviction.

Joly is expected to be sentenced on June 8.

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