A man charged with attempted murder, burglary, theft, and arson in a New Year's Eve 2009 incident entered guilty pleas to reduced charges on Monday.
Darrell Rogers pleaded guilty to first-degree burglary and second-degree arson in front of Judge Carl Bauman; both are felony offenses. The four felony attempted murder charges and misdemeanor theft charge were dismissed under the agreement between the defense and the prosecution.
Rogers, 26, was arrested after he broke into the home of Chad and Danielle Wilson on Dec. 31, 2009, and set two fires. One was set in the house's rear entryway, and the other in their daughter's bedroom closet. Their daughter, Sarah Guy, was away in Anchorage at the time.
The Wilsons became aware of the fires when they awoke in the middle of the night to find a man standing over their bed. Chad Wilson said the man was stroking and kissing his wife's face while saying, "Everything will be OK."
Rogers and his co-defendant, David Kosydar, allegedly made off with a bottle of Jim Beam whiskey, several packs of cigarettes, a couple of lighters, a knife, $20, and two duffle bags full of their daughter's clothes. Kosydar, 25, faces the same initial charges as Rogers.
The burglary and arson charges both carry a maximum sentence of 10 years, and the agreement stipulated that Rogers would serve five years with five suspended for each. However, the sentences would be served concurrently, meaning that Rogers would only spend five years behind bars. Both charges carry seven years of probation.
Other conditions of the agreement included that Rogers must obtain a substance abuse evaluation, have no contact with the victims or their families, and will testify truthfully in the trial of his co-defendant.
The state agreed to not pursue sexual assault or misconduct involving a controlled substance charges against Rogers.
Sentencing is scheduled for June 23. Bauman will decide if the agreement is either too harsh, too lenient, or just right, and will sentence Rogers accordingly.
Kosydar's trial call was vacated on Monday, and a change of plea and sentencing hearing has been set for April 18.
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