KOKOMO, Ind. — A Kokomo woman has been sentenced after she pleaded guilty to stealing from, and setting fire, to the lab facility where she worked in late 2022.
According to court documents, Michelle Ellis was sentenced to probation after she pleaded guilty to one count of arson, a Level 4 felony, and to one count of burglary, a Level 5 felony. Ellis is expected to serve 90 days as part of the Howard County In-home detention program.
Ellis set fire to the Averhealth facility on N. Main Street on Dec. 28, 2022 after Ellis stole money from her employer. According to previous reports, Ellis told investigators that her “mind wasn’t right” that night after drinking and smoking. Ellis also told investigators she started the fire with a lighter and cone-shaped paper cups.
According to previous reports, Ellis was arrested in January after the vehicle that was used in the December 2022 incident was linked back to Ellis through a tip.
Court documents read that Ellis is required to pay $5,000 in restitution to Averhealth as part of her judgment.
This story has been updated to reflect that Ellis will serve probation.