A Georgia woman will be forced to the live the rest of her life treating severe burn injuries while her boyfriend will spend the rest of his life behind bars for inflicting them.
After a jury found him guilty of setting his girlfriend on fire during a dispute, a judge in Clayton County recently sentenced the 30-year-old man to 205 years in jail. The victim, and everyone on her side, was happy to hear that the man received such a stiff penalty for the heinous crime.
The incident took place a year ago at an apartment the man and his girlfriend were sharing. During an argument, the victim explained that the man pushed her into a bathtub and doused her with gasoline. Begging the man for mercy, he lit a match and tossed it at her, setting the woman on fire.
The woman was covered with third-degree burns on 40 percent of her body. Burn injuries are unique because the recovery process can often be longer, more painful and expensive. The woman had to be put on life support for three months.
The man never denied pouring the gasoline on the woman, but he contended that he simply flicked a lighter in order to scare the woman and had no intention of truly burning her. The woman did not remember a lot from the incident, only being drenched in gasoline and pleading for her life.
The man was charged and convicted on a number of charges, including criminal intent to murder and false imprisonment. He also will likely be held liable if the woman sued him for personal injury and pain and suffering.
Source: FOXNews.com, "Georgia man sentenced to more than 200 years in jail for setting girlfriend on fire," Jan. 27, 2012
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