Southmayd naked arsonist avoids jail time

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SOUTHMAYD, Tex. (KXII) - A man who pleaded guilty to setting fire to his Southmayd home avoided jail time at his sentencing Tuesday.

A press release from the District Attorney's Office said Michael Ouellette, 50, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to six years probation and a fine of $1,000, as well as restitution to responding agencies.

Ouellette pleaded guilty in July to arson, marijuana possession and child endangerment. A charge of assaulting an officer was dropped.

On May 14, 2018, Ouellette and his wife, Shannon Ouellette, were seen walking through their neighborhood, handing out $100 bills and stating the end of the world was near.

"They went and sold every one of their personal belongings," neighbor Joshua Meeks said after Ouellette's 2018 arrest. "They went to the park and literally were handing out $100 bills."

On May 15, 2018, Ouellette's house caught fire, and he was seen running naked away from the house with his wife and 13-year-old daughter. The press release said law enforcement officers had to tase Ouellette after he became combative.

"I was charged at and a scuffle began," said Southmayd Police Chief Chad McKee. "At this point, I ended up backing off."

In the release, the DA said a search of the house revealed a "secret room" that contained a large amount of marijuana.

Shannon Ouellette pleaded guilty in August to arson, marijuana possession, child endangerment and assaulting an officer. Her sentencing is scheduled for November.