VALE — The plea hearing for an Ontario woman facing multiple charges, including arson in the first degree and attempted murder in the first degree, was reset on Monday.

Marisa Dionne, 24, was arraigned on Jan. 18 on charges of attempting to commit murder, arson in the first degree, attempt to commit a class a felony and arson in the second degree.

She was initially slated to enter a plea on Monday, but that has now been setover to Feb. 26 at 8:15 a.m.

According to Ontario Police, when officers responded to a call of an unwanted subject in the 200 block of Northwest Seventh on Jan. 13, they encountered Dionne near the front of the residence, and one of the officers saw something like a flash of light near the back of the house.

Upon checking into the light, the officer found the back door to be on fire.

Based on the evidence gathered at the scene, as well as from Dionne, police arrested her on charges of arson in the first degree.

After looking at the “totality of the circumstances,” Malheur County District Attorney David Goldthorpe said, attempted murder was also added to the charges filed.

It is believed the victim, who is disabled and wheelchair-bound, and Dionne knew each other.

Both charges are Measure 11 sentences, meaning they carry a mandatory minimum in the state of Oregon. If charged for those crimes, Dionne would face a mandatory minimum of 180 months in prison, as each carries a 90-month minimum.


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