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Brenda Ann Kenneally Freelance
"Upstate Girls"

13 of 40

"Jessie Shaving" Jessica, Kayla's neighbor, is on house arrest for accidentally setting an abandoned building on fire. Jessica's sister and her boyfriend were living in the building after exhausting their options with friends and relatives. Jessica became angry at her sister's boyfriend for treating her sister badly and tried to set the couple's makeshift bed on fire to get back at him. The fire got out of control, Jessica confessed, and her name made all the Troy papers. Jessica has been in special classes for her learning disorder all her life and this was her first arrest. Jessica eventually spent 11 months in the county jail. She is now being treated for depression.


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