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Clark Co. woman gets probation for arson

Anita Raleigh is charged with arson and wanton endangerment. (Photo from Clark County Detention...
Anita Raleigh is charged with arson and wanton endangerment. (Photo from Clark County Detention Center)(WKYT)
Published: Jan. 19, 2018 at 10:42 AM EST
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A woman who admitted to setting fire to her home with her grandchildren inside will not have to serve prison time.

A Clark Circuit Judge sentenced Anita Raleigh, 57, to five years of probation. Last month, she pleaded guilty to two counts of wanton endangerment in connection with the 2015 fire. According to The Winchester Sun, prosecutors dismissed an arson charge and transferred the case to mental health court in exchange for Raleigh's plea.

Raleigh set the fire at her home on Kiddville Road in Winchester on August 31, 2015. While Raleigh told investigators the fire began on a kitchen stove, fire investigators later determined it began in a bedroom. Witnesses told police Raleigh lit paper on fire and threw it on the bed after an argument with her husband. She wasn't charged until 2016.