Minimum 30 years for Ore. woman in fatal fire
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon woman who pleaded guilty to murder and arson for setting a fire that killed a Salem man has been sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison.
Shray Lynne Thompson's family and relatives of the victim, 64-year-old Robert Flores, packed a Marion County courtroom for Tuesday's sentencing.
The Statesman Journal reports (http://is.gd/XM66sO) that Thompson set a fire outside a home where she was staying on Feb. 18, 2011.
Police and fire crews found Flores unconscious on the second floor. He died of smoke inhalation.
The defense said the 35-year-old Thompson didn't intend to kill Flores. Judge Susan Tripp said the defendant was still responsible for her actions.
Thompson and Flores were roommates and friends, living with several others at the home.
Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com