- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) - A woman who pleaded guilty to setting fire to a homeless camp in Athens has been sentenced to prison.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1air0Vd) that 45-year-old Carole Rayeanne Childers-Queen received a 20-year sentence for the 2013 fire under an Athens bridge and an earlier arson blaze at a home in east Athens.

The sentenced handed down by Clarke County Superior Court Judge Lawton Stephens calls for Childers-Queen to spend seven years in prison and rest on probation.

Authorities say the fire under the bridge displaced the people living in the camp and also caused a gas leak that had the potential for causing an explosion.

Authorities said Childers-Queen set the fire on Jan. 29, 2013, to retaliate against a man with whom she had argued.


Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, https://www.onlineathens.com

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