By David Knopf/Richmond News
Randy Michael Garrison, a rural Orrick man whose two young sons died in a fire in December 2013, was charged March 20 with two counts of first-degree child abandonment.
The charges are B Felonies that each carry a potential sentence of from five to 15 years in prison should Garrison be found guilty.
He pleaded not guilty March 21 before Associate Circuit Judge James Thompson. Garrison’s request for bond conditions were denied by Thompson. His bond currently is $100,000 cash only. Garrison is in custody at Ray County Jail.
“This is something that will not carry a probation-type of penalties,” Thompson told Garrison, who currently does not have counsel.
Garrison, a bail bondsman who turns 32 Tuesday, was taken into custody the same day he was charged.
At around 12:30 p.m. Dec. 10, 2013, Orrick Fire Protection District personnel responded to Garrison’s prefabricated modular home at 9634 Shach Creek Rd. Garrison was outside the burning building when firefighters arrived and said he believed his two sons, Roger Wayne Garrison, 3, and Ashton Garrison, 1, were still inside.
Initially, the father told authorities he came home from work at around 6 a.m. and went to sleep in a bedroom. He said his sons and their mother, Tamara Dawn Willis, were sleeping in the living room at the front of the house when he arrived.