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SFM: Pearl River man gets 9 years in prison for arson

SFM: Pearl River man gets 9 years in prison for arson
Posted: May 17, 2019
Categories: Front Page, Crime
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From the Office of the Louisiana State Fire Marshal:
The case of a Pearl River man arrested for setting fire to a house with two people inside ended with a guilty plea in Orleans Criminal District Court.

On Thursday, May 16, Dontrell Hooper, 21, entered a plea of guilty to one count of Aggravated Arson. Hooper was sentenced to nine years in prison.

State Fire Marshal deputies arrested Hooper in September of 2018 in connection with a fire at an occupied house in the 4500 block of Laine Avenue in New Orleans East.

Investigators discovered multiple areas of origin at almost every point of egress, including both of the home's exit doors and several windows. Deputies then classified the fire as incendiary.

The occupants, who were teenage sisters, told investigators Hooper, an ex-boyfriend of one of the girls, began banging on the front door around 4 a.m. After being told to leave, and making several unsuccessful attempts to enter the home, the girls told investigators they started noticing flames surrounding the home.

The sisters fled the home by jumping through the flames at the side door, unharmed, and ran to a neighbor's house to call 911.

(Photo Courtesy Orleans Parish Prison)