Lafayette woman charged with arson sentenced to 6 years

Annette Marie

A Lafayette woman accused of setting her house on fire was sentenced on Friday.

Posted: Dec 8, 2017 4:23 PM
Updated: Dec 8, 2017 4:34 PM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette woman accused of setting her house on fire was sentenced on Friday.

According to court documents, on June 4 at around 4:20 p.m. police investigated a report of a fire at 122 S. Ninth St. in Lafayette.

The caller, 52-year-old Annette Marie, told dispatch she had set fire to her house.

Marie said she intentionally set the fire by lighting items in her home.

She then told her downstairs tenant, Russell Hildebrandt, to leave the home.

Hildebrandt told police that before setting the fire, Marie told him he was a bad person.

Police said it would actually be legal for her to set her own property on fire, but she was renting out the bottom floor. When the renter's property was damaged, they say it became arson.

On Nov. 13 Marie pled guilty to one count of arson without a plea agreement.

Marie was sentenced to three years with the Tippecanoe County Community Corrections and three years suspended to probation.

Court records say she had been treated for mental health issues since the offense. She had no other criminal history.

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