- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A Charleston man accused of assaulting his handcuffed and gagged wife and then lighting fire to his house has been found guilty of first-degree arson, but not guilty of domestic abuse and assault charges.

The Charleston Gazette (https://bit.ly/1BKwQWc ) reports jurors found 34-year-old Edward Perod guilty on Tuesday of setting fire to his home in December, shortly after his naked and handcuffed wife jumped out of a bedroom window and ran to a neighbor’s house.

Clint Smith, Perod’s attorney, said Sandra Perod had gone to get help for her husband because he was threatening to kill himself.

Sandra Perod testified that she had been willingly handcuffed and wanted the charges against her husband dismissed.

Edward Perod faces between two and 20 years in prison when he is sentenced July 9.

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Information from: The Charleston Gazette, https://www.wvgazette.com

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