Shiprock woman sentenced for arson

By Navajo Times Staff

ALBUQUERQUE, Aug. 7, 2014

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Christina Thompson, 33, who resides in Shiprock, was sentenced Tuesday in federal district court to 15 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for aiding and abetting her brother in committing arson, according to the U.S. attorney's office.

She also was ordered jointly with her brother to pay $57,415.02 in restitution to the Navajo Housing Authority to pay for damage caused by their criminal conduct.

Christina Thompson and her twin brother Dan Curtis Thompson were arrested in October 2013 on an indictment charging them with maliciously setting fire to an occupied rental unit at the Navajo Housing Authority in Ojo Amarillo on Jan. 9, 2013.

On Feb. 18, 2014, Dan Thompson pleaded guilty to the indictment and admitted setting fire to his former girlfriend's residence on Jan. 9, 2013. Court filings reflect that Thompson resided in the victim's apartment until she ejected him following a "forceful physical interaction" with him.

As Thompson's resentment towards the victim grew, he began putting into place plans to burn her residence.

Christina Thompson drove Thompson to the victim's residence on Jan. 9, 2013, where he shattered a window so he could unlock the door and enter the residence.

Once inside, Thompson poured gasoline in the residence. After igniting the gasoline, Thompson fled from the residence with his sister's assistance.

Thompson admitted that he did not check to see if anyone was in the residence when he lit the fire, and that he burned the victim's residence to retaliate against her.

Christina Thompson entered a guilty plea to the indictment on April 11, 2014, and admitted helping her brother set fire to the victim's residence by driving him to the residence. She also admitted helping her brother flee after he set the victim's residence on fire.

Dan Thompson was sentenced on June 24, 2014, to 35 months in federal prison followed by five years of supervised release.

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