Matthew “Jacob” Morgan, 17, Was Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison
The boy whose fire killed his brother is now serving a lengthy prison sentence after pleading guilty to his crime. Morgan, who will turn 18 next week, was originally charged with first-degree murder, homicide by child abuse, and first-degree arson. But he changed his plea to involuntary manslaughter, third-degree arson, and unlawful conduct toward a child.
Matt Morgan sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing his little brother
On January 29, 2018, a 17-year-old boy was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the fatal fire that he started in his little brother’s bedroom. The fire was caused by a blanket that had caught on fire. It was not intentional. The child, Joshua Hill, was only 14 months old when he died. His mother, who is currently serving a life sentence, denied the charges and said her son was a good person.
Matt Morgan was on the autism spectrum
It wasn’t until after the murder trial that it was revealed that Matthew “Jacob” Morgan was on the autism spectrum. This would explain why he was sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing his 14-month-old brother. Morgan was just 17 years old and weighed 120 pounds. His emotional age was even lower than that. He told the court that he loved his younger brother and that he had acted to save Joshua Hill.
Matt Morgan pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter
Involuntary manslaughter is the crime of intentionally setting fire to a child. In March of this year, Matt Morgan pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter after a fire in his brother’s room killed 14-month-old Joshua Hill. The sentence will place him in the Department of Corrections for 15 years. Morgan’s parents, Matt and Amanda Morgan, stood by their son.
Matt Morgan was a former Southern Investigations employee
On Tuesday, a Georgia man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for setting fire to his little brother’s bedroom. Joshua Hill, 14 months, died in the blaze. Morgan pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and unlawful conduct towards a child. His parents argued that he was held back by his neighbors and could not have put out the fire. The fire was too hot and Morgan was not able to save his brother.
Matt Morgan’s mother wants his son freed
The mother of Matthew Morgan is begging the court to release her son from jail, saying that the fire that killed Joshua Hill was his fault. The fire that killed Hill was intentionally started by Morgan when he was only seventeen. Psychiatrists found that Morgan was unresponsive when discussing the tragedy and tended to whisper, preventing him from speaking. Marla and Matt Morgan’s attorneys are working to get their son out of jail.