Brandon Wayne Dorsey & Jessi Karri Dorsey - December 13, 2016
Brandon Wayne Dorsey, 31,and Jessi Karri Dorsey, 28, of Independence, Iowa, entered guilty pleas to Arson in the Second Degree, a Class C Felony, in the Iowa District Court for Buchanan County on December 13, 2016.
An investigation by the Independence Police Department, Independence Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office determined the Dorseys intentionally caused the fire at their residence, 302 8th Avenue NE Independence, on September 22, 2014.
Following the fire, a fundraising account was established at BankIowa for the Dorsey family in which they received monetary donations from the community as well as from students at the Independence Community School District. They also received many donations of items, gift cards and received assistance from the American Red Cross. Restitution is estimated to be in excess of $40,000.
Both are scheduled to be sentenced on February 14, 2017.
See official Buchanan County Attorney's Office Press Release.