- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

STANFORD, Ky. (AP) - A Kentucky woman who killed the grandparents who cared for her apologized and said she’ll feel guilt for the rest of her life as a judge handed down a 25-year sentence.

Allison Deshae Wilson pleaded guilty but mentally ill to two counts of murder in April. Her grandparents - Everett Garland, 64, and Linda Garland, 60 - were found in their burned home near Eubank in November 2013. Everett Garland died at the scene, and his wife died later at a hospital.

The couple had custody of Wilson, who was 16 at the time. Wilson, now 18, was sentenced in Lincoln County Circuit Court on Friday.

Investigators say the fire was intentionally set. Wilson also was originally charged with arson, but her guilty plea April 7 included only the murder charges.

According to The Interior Journal (bit.ly/1SA2W1x), Wilson told police she set the fire because her grandfather had slapped her when she was 12.

“I’m extremely sorry for what I’ve done and I will feel the guilt for what I’ve done for the rest of my life,” Wilson said before Lincoln Circuit Judge Jeffrey Burdette sentenced her.

Public defender Stacy Coontz said Wilson needs mental health treatment while in prison. She will be automatically recommended for it because of her plea, Burdette said.

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