Georgia woman loses home in divorce and sets fire to entire neighborhood

Adrienne Satterly (Image Source: Paulding Police Department)

Divorce can be a gut-wrenching experience and emotions can get out of hand. But one Georgia woman took it to an extreme when she lost the marital residence in the divorce decree. Adrienne Satterly, 41, lived in a nice subdivision in Paulding County, Georgia, about an hour’s drive east from the city of Atlanta.

Last Sunday morning, according to a report by the AJC, Satterly set fire to a mattress in the home and walked with her two cats an hour to a local Walmart and called 911. She told the operator that she had her “kitty” and a suitcase and needed a ride to an address. At no point did she mention that she had started a fire. Because of windy conditions, the fire spread from her home to nearby residences as neighbors evacuated their houses. The fire spread to a total of 19 homes, destroying four of them, and caused in excess of $1M in damages.

Satterly has been charged with 14 counts of first-degree arson and because some neighbors lost pets in the fire, she also was hit with three counts of aggravated animal cruelty. She is currently in the Paulding County Jail and is being held without bond. Satterly faces 1-20 years in prison and a fine of up to $50K for each count of arson.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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