Waterloo woman sent to prison for arson

2012-12-04T13:15:00Z Waterloo woman sent to prison for arsonBy JEFF REINITZ, jeff.reinitz@wcfcourier.com Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier

WATERLOO, Iowa --- A Waterloo woman convicted of trying to set her ex-boyfriend's house on fire while she was on probation has been sentenced to prison.

Thorsha Gary, 26, had asked for time in the Residential Facility after pleading guilty to second-degree arson and burglary in connection with the March fire on Cherry Street.

But District Court Judge Todd Geer told her that her opportunities with probation had run out with her prior cases.

"You are a probation officer's nightmare," Geer told Gary during a Monday hearing. "They have done what they can to help you."

He noted that Gary had been on probation for four years --- with a number of violations --- when she entered her ex-boyfriend's house while he was sleeping. Prosecutors said she assaulted Rondell Clark with a number of objects before squirting lighter fluid and lighting his curtains.

Geer sentenced her to two concurrent 10-year prison terms on the arson and burglary charges and revoked her probation for the prior case, which involved bringing marijuana into a correctional facility.

Public Defender Aaron Hawbaker said Gary's earlier charges were nonviolent, and her March attach was an "aberration" triggered by finding the ex-boyfriend with another person.

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