She set mobile home ablaze after boyfriend broke up with her
By Jessica Prokop, Columbian Courts Reporter
Published: May 26, 2017, 8:00 PM
A La Center woman who set multiple fires inside the mobile home she was renting, following a breakup with her then-boyfriend, was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail.
Cindy Jo Clem, 50, previously pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree domestic violence arson and entered an “in re Barr” plea to third-degree assault, which allows a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser related charge she didn’t commit in order to avoid conviction for a greater offense...
Her attorney, Nick Wood, said Friday that Clem had a tumultuous upbringing and suffers from mental health issues. She had on more than one occasion tried to end her life, he said, and was self-medicating with alcohol.
“This was someone in crisis. This was someone so in crisis that she wanted to end her own life,” Wood told the judge...
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Nicholas "Nick" Wood - Law Office of Nicholas Wood, P.S.
Nick Wood received his J.D. in 1999 from Lewis and Clark's Northwestern School of Law in Portland, Oregon. The Law Office of Nicholas Wood, P.S. has represented clients for various criminal defense matters since 2006.