"The 19-year-old woman who was burned in a bizarre NYU dorm charade was so drunk she may have been a part of the twisted episode (alleged arson on August 23, 2014), the lawyer [Alyssa Gamliel] for the alleged firebug [Jaime Castano] said [during the arraignment, Tuesday, January 20, 2015.] - Shayna Jacobs, "NYU burn victim was drunk and may have participated in matress fire incident, argues attorney for accused firebug," in New York Daily News, January 23, 2015. Here is that article.
Those who understand the dynamics of fire or have had to exit one know why law enforcement treats arson as a serious crime. So easily can a fire get out of control.
Alleged arsonist Jaime Castano faces up to 25 years on first degree assault. In addition there is the charge of reckless endangerment. Even if his attorney Alyssa Gamliel can prove that the 19-year girl suffering burns had taken part in the crime, Castano still will do significant time should he be convicted. But the proof might be hard to get since the woman, if indeed intoxicated, might have been in a blackout, that is no recollection of what had happened. That means she can't testify about what she allegedly did or didn't do.
Another sensational item in this case is that NYU did not report the alleged crime, which occurred in late August 2014, until late October 2014. Before that, back in September 2014, NYU contends it expelled him. He claims it was his decision to leave.
The bottom line on these youthful encounters with the law regarding a serious crime is that Castano's career is likely over, just as he was getting started. From a real estate family based in Florida, he worked part time in real estate in New York. That could be giving him an incredible edge in making that his life's work.