July 17, 2012

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. Mitchell Allan Guigou pleaded guilty today in Anderson General Sessions Court to Voluntary Manslaughter and Arson 3rd Degree. The Honorable Lawton McIntosh sentenced him to twenty-five years for the voluntary manslaughter and fifteen years concurrent for the arson.


On or about April 15, 2011, the defendant and his girlfriend, Allison Pinsley, got into a verbal altercation which escalated into a physical altercation. Guigou began to hit Ms. Pinsley with a stick. He then put a trash bag over her head and tied it around her neck with an extension cord; looping it over a bedpost to restrain her. The defendant then began selling items from the home and smoking crack.  Guigou then set fire to the trailer and jumped out of a bedroom window, leaving Ms. Pinsley’s body inside. Cause of death for Ms. Pinsley was determined to be asphyxia due to smothering and ligature strangulation.


“Mr. Guigou’s brutal altercation with Ms. Pinsley is a horrific example of domestic violence in our community,” said Solicitor Chrissy Adams.  “We discussed the plea with the victim’s family, and today’s sentence will save them from the ordeal of a trial while also putting the defendant in prison for most if not all of his natural life.” 




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