GH man jailed for arsons

A Grand Haven man charged with setting fires in the city this past fall will go to prison for at least 23 months.
Becky Vargo
Jan 14, 2014

Daryl Lawrence King, 53, faces a maximum 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree arson.

Ottawa County Circuit Judge Jon Hulsing also ordered King to pay $300 restitution. King was given credit for 103 days already served in jail.

Police arrested King early in the morning on Sept. 25, 2013, as he was hiding in the 300 block of Washington Avenue.

Grand Haven public safety officers responded to a fire at Keys Driving School, 800 Washington Ave., at 2 a.m. that day. Officers quickly extinguished the small fire that caused a few hundred dollars damage to a sign on the side of the building.

While searching for the arson suspect, police found a second fire beneath a car behind a home in the same block.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said firefighters the previous evening extinguished a fire in a dumpster at the Shell gas station on the corner of Washington Avenue and Beacon Boulevard.

“We believe the suspect was responsible for that fire as well,” Hawke said at the time.

Hulsing noted that King had been to prison on two previous occasions and that made an impact on the sentence.

King’s court history in Ottawa County starts in 1992. It includes charges and/or convictions for domestic violence, drunken driving, driving with a suspended license, breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property, disorderly drunk, resisting and obstructing an officer, and felon having a weapon.

“I’m sorry,” King said when the judge asked him if he had anything to say.

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