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Posted on Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 9 a.m.

Ann Arbor man to serve up to 10 years for lighting elevator on fire after sexual assault

By John Counts


Darion Cole-Hickonbottom

Courtesy of the Washtenaw County Jail

The 23-year-old Ann Arbor man who pleaded guilty to arson and sexual assault charges last month was sentenced in the Washtenaw County Trial Court Thursday to serve between 34 months and 10 years in prison, court records indicate.

Darion Cole-Hickonbottom was accused of lighting a fire in a University of Michigan parking structure elevator after having sex with a 14-year-old girl. The sentencing follows the plea deal he took on Feb. 21.

Cole-Hickonbottom pleaded guilty to arson and three counts of criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to penetrate in exchange for the dismissal of three counts of third-degree CSC and a count of larceny from a vehicle.

Police said that on July 22 Cole-Hickonbottom and the girl made their way to the parking structure on Church Street where they allegedly had sex inside the elevator. While still in the elevator, Cole-Hickonbottom started a fire on the floor using cardboard and at least one of the items of clothing taken from a vehicle. The fire caused about $3,000 worth of damage.

Cole-Hickonbottom was given credit for seven months and 26 days already served.

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Sun, Mar 24, 2013 : 10:34 a.m.

My daughter will be 15 yrs old in 10 yrs when he gets out. Do they think I want him out? Or living on my street?? The law let his victim down- The law let us down - Sounds really bad but I hope the guys in prison takes care of him & he doesn't come out alive. End of a problem, that being him.

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Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 5:02 p.m.

Pretty light sentence for some pretty heavy crimes.


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 3:08 p.m.

Let's does this add up? Arson and rape and only 10 years at most. What is going on????


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 4:49 p.m.

plea deal!!! do room keep in prison for 200 life times?


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 1:46 p.m.

Does anyone really believe he can be "rehabilitated"?


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 4:50 p.m.

What do you want? Mass capital punishment? Wait, don't answer that!


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 3:50 p.m.

Maybe, but we don't even bother trying so...


Tue, Mar 19, 2013 : 1:29 p.m.

A 22 year old man doesn't "have sex" with a 14 year old girl. This is called rape.