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Idaho man sets woman on fire, gets up to 10 years in prison

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A district judge has sentenced an Idaho man to at least three years in prison after he pleaded guilty to domestic battery as part of a plea agreement.
 
The Coeur d'Alene Press reports 38-year-old Dustin Hieronymus acknowledged lighting his 27-year-old girlfriend on fire after a Valentine's Day outing in Rathdrum last year.
 
Authorities say the charge carried a violent-offender enhancement that could increase the sentence to up to 10 years.
 
Authorities say Hieronymus was on probation at the time after being convicted of aggravated assault in a 2015 case and had served part of his sentence.
 
The girlfriend said her boyfriend has a mental illness and should not go to prison.
 
A defense attorney asked that Hieronymus be allowed a chance at a prison rehabilitation program.


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