19 July 2013

She Burned Down an Apartment Building

In the category of stupid human tricks:
An Anchorage woman started the January blaze that destroyed a 24-unit Midtown apartment building when she lit a corset on fire while fighting with her boyfriend, a prosecutor revealed at the woman's sentencing Thursday.

The two-alarm fire at 3405 Eureka Street, a three-story building valued at $1.4 million, sent two people to the hospital ...

But here's the money quote:
According to a charging document filed against Collins, she lit a piece of clothing, dropped it in a trash can on the balcony attached to her boyfriend's apartment and put a cardboard box on top ... prosecutor Jonas Walker said in court Thursday it had been a corset. It was no surprise to the people in the courtroom that alcohol was involved.
(emphasis added)

 The saddest part of this tragedy - apart from the families who lost everything they owned - is that this criminal is only going to serve one year. Just one.

That isn't right.

8 comments:

ProudHillbilly said...

I'm still stuck on the corset thing...

Rev. Paul said...

I know. :) I guess it was handy at the time...

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Rhetorical question. Why do people often suck others into their personal dramas?

Rev. Paul said...

That's a very good question.

SENIOR said...

You are correct, that is not right, one year? I'm shaking my head.

Rev. Paul said...

In the Navy I remember, Senior, there'd have been a blanket party for any judge who handed out such a light sentence.

armedlaughing said...

Justice designed by we humans is imperfect, at best.

gfa

Rev. Paul said...

That's very, very true, Guffaw. But this judge wasn't even trying.