Sequim arsonist sentenced to drug, mental health evaluations

By Jeremy Schwartz
Peninsula Daily News

SEQUIM — A Sequim woman who pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted arson after reportedly setting a fire in an apartment she was renting was sentenced last week.

Kristen Gail Mills, 50, was sentenced to 12 months of community custody through the Department of Corrections, during which she will undergo mental and drug abuse evaluation and be assigned to treatment as needed, said John Troberg, Clallam County deputy prosecuting attorney.

She had pleaded guilty Jan. 30.

Mills will receive credit for the seven months she’s been in jail since her arrest, Troberg said.

She must also pay restitution, to be determined at a March 7 hearing.

Mills was not listed on the Clallam County jail roster Friday.

Sequim police arrested Mills the evening of June 29, a day after crews from Clallam County Fire District No. 3 were called to a fire in an apartment at a complex at 730 E. Washington Place in northeast Sequim.

Police said Mills started the fire, which did not reach other apartments in the complex.

They said Mills was in the process of being evicted from her apartment and was avoiding being served an eviction notice.

After the fire was put out, fire investigators found fires had been intentionally set in three areas of the apartment and that two smoke detectors in the apartment had been disabled.

Police arrested Mills at about 9:20 p.m. June 29 at the apartment complex’s storage units after neighbors called to report a suspicious person there.

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Reporter Jeremy Schwartz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5074, or at jschwartz@peninsula
dailynews.com.

Last modified: February 09. 2014 6:47PM
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