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Southmayd man sentenced for 'marijuana-induced' arson

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Michael Ouellette was arrested on May 15, 2018 after setting fire to his home and then assaulting Southmayd's police chief. (KTEN) Michael Ouellette was arrested on May 15, 2018 after setting fire to his home and then assaulting Southmayd's police chief. (KTEN)
A pickup truck in a car port was charred in a fire on Christi Lane in Southmayd on May 15, 2018. (KTEN) A pickup truck in a car port was charred in a fire on Christi Lane in Southmayd on May 15, 2018. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- A man who was arrested last year after a bizarre series of events in Southmayd has been fined and sentenced to deferred adjudication probation.

Michael James Ouellette, 50, was accused of setting fire to his Southmayd residence on Christi Lane, then running away naked with his wife and minor daughter. Arresting officers had to use a Taser to subdue him.

He had pleaded guilty to the charges in July.

Prosecutors said Ouellette's behavior was influenced by "the dangers of marijuana-induced psychosis."

"The behavior of this defendant was definitely influenced by his long-term abuse of marijuana," Grayson County District Attorney Brett Smith said in a written statement. "Simply put, if you have an existing mental condition and you smoke marijuana, your mental condition will only get worse."

Evidence introduced at Ouellette's trial said he had a long history of marijuana use. Investigators found what they identified as a "secret room" at his residence that contained a "large amount" of marijuana.

Ouellette was sentenced Monday to a $1,000 fine, deferred adjudication probation of six years for arson, five years' adjudicated probation on the remaining cases, and restitution to the agencies that responded to the fire.

Any probation violation could result in up to 20 years in prison, prosecutors said.

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