GREENVILLE — A Greenville man heard his sentence in Darke County Common Pleas Court Monday for his role in a series of fires set in July 2016.
Tyelor Jamal Henry-Dever, 21, was sentenced for two felony counts of Aggravated Arson and one felony count of Arson. Prior to a trial, he pleaded guilty to a single count of Arson.
Henry-Dever was arrested July 28, 2016 after attempting to set fires at two residences at Sherwood Forest Mobile Home Community and also attempting to set fire to a vehicle on Fort Jefferson Avenue. No one was injured as a result of the fires.
Darke County Assistant Prosecutor Deborah Quigley noted that the offenses were very serious. She said the state, working with the family, believed the defendant should be open and responsive to community control. In addition, the state thought the punishment phase for the time in jail was appropriate and that community control would be appropriate to monitor the defendant to make sure he complies with any rules including mental health counseling and any other sanctions the court deems appropriate. The state also noted an Arson Registration requirement.
Henry-Dever was represented in court by defense attorney Dave Rohrer, who said he believed Henry-Dever is willing to get evaluated at a mental health facility to see if any medication may be in order. He said his grandmother is willing to let him reside with her.
“It is my understanding that Tyler has not caused any problems at the jail,” Rohrer said. “I believe he would be capable of responding to whatever recommendations the state or probation department has.”
Common Pleas Court Judge Jonathan Hein sentenced Henry-Dever to 166 days, in jail, with 166 days credited for time served. He has to report, as ordered, to intensive supervision for 60 months.
“Some people work off of it sooner, you have to prove yourself,” Judge Hein told him.
In addition, Henry-Dever was ordered to: pay court costs, seek and maintain employment and prove his earnings; have no alcohol or drugs and be subject to random drug/urine analyses, complete any recommended substance abuse, or mental health and job training, appropriate thinking skills programs; provide a DNA sample, as this is a felony and complete 75 hours of community service.
Additionally, the defendant has to provide the court with his diploma as proof of high school graduation and comply with Arson Registry requirements. If he fails to comply, Hein said he will set a maximum sentence of 14 months, which is more than the minimum because of the multiple victims affected.
“You need to look into how to control your behavior and temper,” Hein said.