BROOKSVILLE — A Spring Hill woman who admitted to setting fire to her neighbor's apartment last summer so he wouldn't return after he was released from jail was sentenced Thursday to four years in prison.
Debra Louise Daines, 55, pleaded no contest to first-degree arson in Hernando County Circuit Court. Daines also was ordered to serve 10 years of probation upon her release.
Daines told detectives that she started the blaze at 7882 Pinehurst Drive on Aug. 8 by setting aflame a sleeping bag that was on her neighbor's back porch. She said she used a lighted wick from a camping lantern. The fire caused heavy damage to the apartment.
Coincidentally, Daines' neighbor's case was on the same felony docket Thursday. He was sentenced to time served in the county jail and was expected to be released.