Parole hearing set for Opp woman

Published 6:21 pm Friday, December 6, 2019

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 An Opp woman who was convicted of arson and second-degree assault will have a parole hearing on Dec. 18.

Terry Abbott spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Pardons and Paroles issued a release about Cori Noelle Lawrence’s parole hearing.

Lawrence was sentenced last October to five years in prison for second-degree assault and six years for second-degree arson, along with three years for possession and receipt of a controlled substance in Covington County.

The Star-News reported in April 2017 that Lawrence set fire to a trailer in Opp.

Then, the Fire Marshal’s office said that in the early morning hours on April 17, 2017, the Opp Fire Department and Opp Police Department responded to a reported structure fire at 1015 Rhea Drive, Lot 43 in Lunsford Trailer Court.

Star-News archives show that OFD chief Cory Spurlin said that when the fire department arrived on scene the fire was out and no one was home.

Spurlin said that as firefighters were examining the scene, they found that there were tow different spots that looked like someone had tried to set fire to the home.

He said the damage was to the exterior of the home.

The case was turned over to the fire marshal’s office and that department arrested Lawrence.