Woman who burned apartment building sentenced

Jul 19, 2013 -- 9:30am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 41-year-old woman who started a fire that burned a 24-unit Anchorage apartment building has been sentenced to one year in prison. Jenae Collins was sentenced Thursday on a deal with prosecutors in June, when she pleaded guilty to attempted arson in connection with the January fire. The sentence also includes paying restitution. A prosecutor says Collins lit a corset on fire while fighting with her boyfriend. The Anchorage Daily News says the fire destroyed the three-story building, sent two people to the hospital and killed several pets. Some of the displaced residents attended Thursday's hearing and objected to the sentencing, pushing for a harsher penalty. Former resident Gretchen Johnson cried in court as she talked about losing a large portrait of her mother, who died last year.

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