A La Center woman who set multiple fires inside the mobile home she was renting, following a breakup with her then-boyfriend, was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail.
Cindy Jo Clem, 50, previously pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree domestic violence arson and entered an “in re Barr” plea to third-degree assault, which allows a defendant to plead guilty to a lesser related charge she didn’t commit in order to avoid conviction for a greater offense.
Clem set fire to a mattress, kitchen tablecloth and living room curtains during the Nov. 22 incident north of La Center, court records show, and then called her former live-in boyfriend and made threats to perish in the fire. He had moved out of the residence days earlier.
Her former boyfriend called 911, and multiple Clark County sheriff’s deputies and firefighters with Clark County Fire & Rescue responded to the blaze at the double-wide mobile home, 4517 N.E. 372nd St., shortly before 9:30 p.m., authorities said.
The man told deputies that Clem had on numerous occasions threatened to burn down the home or shoot herself with his firearms because he broke up with her, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Superior Court.