The former manager of a Bountiful apartment complex charged with setting several fires in the city in August, including one outside his complex, was ordered to undergo a 90-day evaluation at the state prison Tuesday.
James P. White, 20, was charged with setting three fires in Bountiful in August. One damaged a shed behind a store on Main Street and two were around the apartment complex he managed, also just off Main Street.In a plea negotiation, White pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted aggravated arson, a second-degree felony, in return for having two first-degree felony charges of aggravated arson dismissed.
The attempted aggravated arson charge carries a prison term of one to 15 years. The two dismissed charges carry prison terms of five years to life each.
Second District Judge Douglas L. Cornaby Tuesday said a pre-sentence report and mental evaluation of White show he has some serious psychological problems. The 90-day evaluation will help determine whether White is eventually sentenced to the state prison or sent to the state hospital, Cornaby said.
Cornaby told White that with his penchant for setting fires, he presents a serious danger to society and he can never be released until he undergoes treatment.