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Troubled woman gets jail time for Hyatt fires

The management of the Hyatt Regency notified State Supreme Court that the hotel didn’t require any restitution from Mariah M. Gladden. However, it did want it known that she wasn’t welcome to come back. Ever.

Justice Penny M. Wolfgang put it on the record Thursday morning when Gladden, 25, was sentenced to one year in jail for setting two small fires in a restroom at the downtown hotel in March.

“They don’t ever want to see your face in the Hyatt Regency – or any other hotel downtown,” Wolfgang said. “An innocent person could have been hurt by starting a fire in such a public place.”

Defense attorney Jessica Kulpit told the court Gladden was remorseful for her actions, which she said were the result of mental health issues resulting from a traumatic experience with an ex-boyfriend. That man is now in state prison. He was convicted on assault charges for holding Gladden against her will and brutally abusing her over a one-week period.

To get back at the man, Gladden reportedly went to the Hyatt and set a fire in a waste container. The next day, she poured lighter fluid on the floor of a main floor restroom and ignited it, but the blaze went out on its own on the tiled room. Gladden was confronted when she came out.

According to court documents, Gladden set the fires in the Hyatt because the ex-boyfriend had falsely told her that his family owned the property. The report from the Hyatt said that the space where the fires were set was not damaged, and only required a thorough cleaning.

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