Monday Jun 15 2009
Judge rejects attempt to withdraw guilty plea
By: Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer
Foresthill woman to spend next four years in prison
A Foresthill woman will spend the next four years in prison for pouring gasoline on her boyfriend and lighting a match. Placer County Judge Jeffrey Penney rejected Traci Nicole Gilson’s motion to withdraw her guilty plea and sentenced her to state prison Monday afternoon. The decision brings an end to a case that has spent almost eight months in the Placer County Court system. In November, Gilson, 21, was arrested after an altercation with her boyfriend, Allan Lane Scott, 21, also of Foresthill. Gilson was charged with setting him on fire while the two were reportedly arguing inside his vehicle. Scott reportedly suffered severe burns to his hands and his face. In March, Gilson pleaded guilty to one count of assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury and admitted to an allegation that she personally inflicted great bodily injury on a victim under circumstances involving domestic violence. A month later, she appeared to surprise her then-attorney, chief public defender John Richter, when she asked to consider withdrawing her plea and seek new counsel. Last week, Gilson’s new attorney, Linda Parisi, argued a motion to withdraw Gilson’s guilty plea. Penney rejected that motion in court Monday. After Penney’s decision, Parisi said Gilson was prepared to go forward with judgment and sentencing. Gilson was formally sentenced to four years in state prison with a total of 247 days served in county jail credited toward that term. She was also ordered to pay $27,630 in restitution to the state victim’s restitution program relating to treatment given to Scott. The sentence was part of a plea deal previously negotiated between Richter and prosecutor Joe McInerney. Whether Gilson will have to make an additional $1,800 restitution payment to Scott for damage to his vehicle and the tools and clothes inside it will be argued at a restitution conference next month. The Journal's Jenifer Gee can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment.