By: Patti Weaver

(Stillwater, Okla.) — A repeat drug offender, who got out of prison about seven years ago, was arraigned by video from the Payne County Jail Tuesday on a charge of starting grass fires on Christmas Eve in the front yard of 1304 S. Husband Place in Stillwater.

Due to his extensive criminal record, Guy Allison Jones, 37, could be given a prison term of four years to life if convicted of third-degree arson after former felony convictions. Jones remains jailed on $5,000 bail pending a court appearance on Jan. 12 with an attorney.

Stillwater Police Officer Matt Smittle was sent at 11:38 pm on Christmas Eve to assist the fire department regarding a grass fire, according to his affidavit.

“Guy Jones had started two fires in the front yard of 1304 S. Husband Place. Guy Jones does not own the property where he started the fire and is living in a box truck on the property. Guy Jones admitted to starting the fires; he said he was in the county limits and was allowed to burn,” the affidavit alleged.

“One of the fires Guy Jones started was rather large and in close proximity to trees,” the affidavit alleged.

According to Payne County court records and the state Department of Corrections, Jones had previously been convicted of:

* possession of methamphetamine in 2010 for which he was placed on probation for seven years in 2011 that was revoked six months later to a seven-year prison term from which he was paroled in 2013 after serving about two years;

* second-degree burglary in 2010 for which he was placed on probation for seven years in 2011 with an order to enroll in the Payne County Drug Court program from which he was terminated about four months later after positive drug tests, followed by his probation revocation to a seven-year prison term from which he was paroled in 2013;

* possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute in 2011, for which he was given a seven-year prison term from which he was paroled in 2013;

* knowingly concealing a stolen Honda scooter in 2015, for which he was ordered into the Payne County Drug Court program in October of 2016 that he completed in February of 2018, after which he was placed on five years of probation;

* possession of marijuana in 2015, for which he was ordered into the Payne County Drug Court program in October of 2016 that he completed in February of 2018, after which he was placed on five years of probation.

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