Debra I. Ball is being held in the Ada County Jail on a $50,000 bond on a felony charge of criminal solicitation after Ada County Sheriffs deputies say she asked a woman to burn down a home Ball owned in Star because she didnt want to pay for repairing it anymore.
A preliminary hearing on the case is set for Oct. 5.
Deputies arrested the 60-year-old Ball Saturday.
Detectives began their investigation the day before when a woman from Washington called to report that Ball asked her to set a house on fire in the 200 block of North Knox Street in Star. The womans relative had been renting the Knox Street home from Ball but was in the process of moving out.
Deputies, who began talking to Ball about the case Friday night, said she eventually confessed to asking the woman from Washington to burn the house down, saying she was tired of maintaining the house as a rental and wanted it destroyed.
Ball was then arrested and booked into the jail. Her bond was set at $50,000 Monday.
The crime of criminal solicitation is punishable by prison sentence equal to the crime to be committed. The crime of second degree arson, which is purposefully burning of a structure, is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.