Trinity Co. woman accepts 10 years for her part in arson case

Trinity Co. woman accepts 10 years for her part in arson case
Source: Trinity Police Department
Source: Trinity Police Department
Sheriff Woody Wallace transports Mackey to jail
Sheriff Woody Wallace transports Mackey to jail

TRINITY COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - One of the suspects in a Trinity arson case involving two mobile homes that caught on fire accepted a plea bargain deal of 10 years in prison.

Melissa Mackey, was set to appear in Judge Kaycee Jones judicial district courtroom Wednesday morning for her jury trial, but she chose to accept the plea bargain instead. Mackey pleaded guilty to a felony arson charge.

"No ma'am, I have nothing to say. Please get out of my face," said Mackey when asked if she had any comments.

"She's sorry she got caught, but I don't think she'll ever be sorry for the pain she inflicted on this family," said Ann Boyd, Mackey's mother.

Mackey's parents said after they told her she was evicted from the home, it went up in flames.

"She never was held accountable for her actions and never took responsibility for her actions," Boyd said.

"This person has been a problem for us for a while," said Sheriff Woody Wallace of Trinity County.

The jury that was selected exited the building once a teary-eyed Mackey decided to plead guilty.

"I think the victims can rest easily knowing she's not going to harm them," Wallace said.

Mackey's family wept as her mother gave an impact statement. A mother's patience, hope, and kindness had worn away.

"After 25 years of stuff, this was the last straw. This relationship will never be rebuilt," Boyd said.

"When a mother comes to that point to say that, you know she's been through a lot of trouble," Wallace said.

Boyd said Mackey had betrayed the trust of every family member and blamed actions on drugs, alcohol, and bipolar disorder.

"I can't remember a day that I haven't cried over this. I cry for her. I just cry," Boyd said.

Wallace said Mackey often threatened people's lives.

"When she burned this house down, she said her intentions was to kill her dad," Wallace said.

She was taken to begin her sentence with her mother's promise that she loved her, but could no longer be a part of the pain.. 
"She can be good. I know she can. There were glimmers of that, but I can't take the chance of getting hurt or my family getting hurt," Boyd said.

Although Mackey is facing a 10-year prison sentence, Jones said that she will consider her for shock probation.

Back in May, Mackey, Brett Morgan, and a 15-year-old boy were arrested in connection to the arson case. Initially, Trinity County Constable Mark Cole arrested the 15-year-old and processed him on the arson charge after two mobile homes in the Coach Village Mobile Home Park subdivision in Westwood Shores caught on fire.

According to Cole, one house caught fire one night, and the other caught fire two days later. The Trinity Fir Department responded to the blazes, and the State Fire Marshal's Office investigated the fires.

Cole said that Mackey's parents owned one of the mobile homes and that they had given her an eviction notice following an argument. Following the argument, Mackey. Morgan, and the juvenile suspect allegedly planned to burn the home down.

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