Reed Sentenced for Attempted Conspiracy to Commit Arson
Judge: ‘If You Want to Go to Prison, I’ll Put You There’
By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN
The case is closed for Christina Reed after receiving a sentence from District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman in a case where she was found guilty of attempting to form a plan to set fire to her house.
Reed, 62, of Alliance, appeared before Judge O’Gorman on June 12 for sentencing on the charge of attempted conspiracy to commit arson, a class 4 felony.
According to the Affidavit for Custody, on Nov. 25, 2018, officers with the Alliance Police Department received a report from a man who was contacted by Reed asking for assistance in burning her residence down. The man called Reed and spoke with her on the phone while the officer listened.
Reed told the man she had already purchased a storage unit to house her personal belongings during the fire. She asked for the fire to take place on Nov. 28, 2018 and said she wanted it to be or resemble an electrical fire.
According to the Affidavit, while on the phone, Reed told the man “she believed individuals would give her new property as they would feel sorry for her.” The officer made contact with Reed, who confirmed the plot to set fire to the house, which was owned by her son. She told the officer “the reason she wanted the residence burned down was due to her not wanting anyone else to move into the residence after she moved out, as it was in poor condition.”
Reed was taken into custody and charged with conspiracy to commit arson, a class 2 felony. Reed took a plea agreement, however, and the charges were reduced to attempted conspiracy to commit arson.
During sentencing, Reed’s attorney Jon Worthman said he did not understand why Reed was tested for drug and alcohol use while the pre-sentence report was being compiled by probation.
“This is a strange case,” said Worthman. “There’s no question that she talked to somebody about burning down this trailer. She accepts responsibility for what happened. The thing I don’t understand is the testing in the pre-sentence. This had nothing to do with alcohol or drugs. She doesn’t have any issue with substance abuse. She doesn’t have a criminal record to speak of. You’re not going to see her back here again.”
Reed was asked if she had anything to say before sentencing, and she responded, “No.” Judge O’Gorman said that he had reviewed the report and noted that she had no criminal record. He sentenced her to serve 18 months probation with a condition that she undergo counseling.
“I do not see where counseling would help,” Reed said while Judge O’Gorman was giving his sentence.
“Well, I do, and I’m the Judge, so if you want to go to prison, I’ll put you there,” Judge O’Gorman replied.
Reed responded, “No.”
Judge O’Gorman continued issuing his sentence, maintaining the order that Reed serve 18 months probation.