Flint man pleads guilty to arson, gets 35 years

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A 35-year-old Flint man pleaded guilty to arson and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and was sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to Smith County Public Information Officer Casey Murphy.

Matthew R. Dutton was arrested by Smith County Sheriff deputies May 1 for assaulting his girlfriend with a knife and setting his singlewide mobile home on fire.

The Smith County Fire Marshal’s Office investigated the fire and determined it to be arson.

The Fire Marshal’s Office determined that the bed was set on fire, causing the total destruction of the mobile home.

According to the investigation, Dutton’s girlfriend told officials he was intoxicated when he cut her with a knife and wouldn’t let her leave their home.

About three hours after being assaulted, she was able to sneak out of the house and call for help. Dutton later called her to tell her their house was on fire.

Dutton pleaded guilty in 7th District Judge Kerry Russell’s Court.

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