Arson leads to 12-year verdict

A Hays County jury sentenced a Wimberley man to 12 years in prison after he was found guilty of intentionally setting a San Marcos home on fire in 2015.

Ralph Colton Olle, 20, was convicted of first-degree arson by a Hays County Jury, said Hays County District Attorney Wes Mau.

But Mau said Olle’s defense filed a motion of severance to separate felony arson and capital murder charges that were filed against him. The move was done in order for Olle to avoid being found guilty for the two crimes based on sufficient evidence from one, Mau said. 

Olle, who was arrested in June, was indicted on charges of first-degree arson and attempted capital murder stemming from an incident that occurred in 2015 when Olle and two accomplices set fire to a home on the 1000 block of Sagewood in San Marcos. According to authorites, Olle and the two others barred the only exits for the two people inside, who escaped from the fire.

Mau said Olle faced a jury trial for the Arson charge.

Mau was unsure if the county is planning on prosecuting Olle for the capital murder charge, but said he thinks it’s unlikely since the facts of the case are the same as the Arson case.

“I’m not sure this case will ever go to trial again,” Mau said.

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