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