Serial criminal, Michael “Crazy” Arnold, gets some prison time
In the courts, Michael “Crazy” Arnold allegedly went on a weekend rampage in September 2010, terrorizing several Ladyville residents. His crime spree ended with him being badly beaten and facing charges of Burglary, Rape and Aggravated Assault of an Indecent Nature. Today the thirty-five year old career criminal was convicted of the burglary and was sentenced to five years in prison. Homeowner, forty year old Martha Palma and her son Patrick both testified against Arnold, who broke into their house at around two a.m. on September nineteenth, 2010. The entire household was awakened when Martha’s twelve year old daughter caught Arnold inside the house and screamed. The woman and her two sons managed to subdue him, tied him up and then waited for the cops. Arnold, on the other hand, denied breaking into the house, claiming that he was attacked while walking past the Palma’s residence and was taken inside where he was badly beaten. He says the family fabricated the story, because they were once neighbors, but he stopped socializing with them and they now envy him because of the money he makes as a fisherman. But the evidence against him, combined with fifteen previous convictions, including two for burglary, sealed his fate and he was found guilty. Just before he headed to Palma’s house, Arnold allegedly broke into another house not far away and attempted to rape a twelve year old girl, but he fled when the child screamed for help. He is also accused of raping an eighteen year old Ladyville resident at gunpoint the previous night. Along with charges for those incidents, Arnold is also awaiting a preliminary inquiry for a previous rape that occurred in December 2009.