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March 24, 2019

3/11/2019 1:32:00 PM
First of 3 teens charged in series of Paris Crossing arsons takes plea
The first of three teenagers charged in a series of arsons and thefts in the Paris Crossing area last year has been sentenced.

Zachery L. Matney was 17 at the time of the crimes, but turned 18 on Feb. 13 this year and was treated thus as an adult in the criminal justice system. He was originally charged with 13 crimes, including 3 counts of arson and of burglary.

Matney's plea agreement consisted of his admitting to one count of arson, a Level 4 Felony. He was sentenced to 72 months (6 years) with 56 months suspended to probation with 33 actual days credit. He was ordered to complete 100 hours of community service by June 26, 2020.

In addition, the teen must pay restitution to Paul McIntosh in the amount of $285,409.27 and to Tony L. Jones, $50,000. The restitution is joint and several with his co-defendants if they are convicted.

A jury will decide the fate of the 2 other teenagers charged in the same crimes. As it stands now, Taylor S. Corya, 18, will go on trial Aug. 12 in Jennings Circuit Court; Tristan McDonald, 19, will go on trial April 29. Both could still also decide to take a plea and forego being judged by a jury of their peers.

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