February 22, 2024
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A person who set hearth to the physique of a 15-year-old lady whose stays had been found final 12 months within the Morena neighborhood pleaded responsible Wednesday to costs that embody arson and illegal sexual activity with a minor.

Bud Shelton, 34, was arrested earlier this 12 months on suspicion of setting a blaze north of Friars Highway and west of Napa Road.

Firefighters responded simply earlier than 3 a.m. on Aug. 18, 2022 and extinguished the hearth, the place they found the physique of Janaeshia Dubose, although her identification was not confirmed for a number of months.

The lady went lacking about two weeks earlier than her physique was found and she or he was not positively recognized till final December.

Shelton was not charged with homicide or different homicide-related counts equivalent to manslaughter in connection together with her demise. Prosecutors allege the teenager died of an overdose and that Shelton then deliberately set the blaze.

He’s slated to be sentenced early subsequent 12 months to 25 years and 4 months in state jail.

Together with arson and illegal sexual activity, Shelton pleaded responsible to a rely of mutilating human stays. He could must register as a intercourse offender, although that call will probably be made at his sentencing listening to, which is at the moment set for January.