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Pennsylvania Woman Who Set Fire To Boyfriend’s Home Sentenced To Five Years

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who set fire to the New Jersey home of her ex-boyfriend’s family after learning he had taken another girl to his high school prom has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Shanta Dargbeh of Bristol Township was 19 when she set the May 2008 fire in Trenton. The eight people inside the residence — two adults and six children — escaped unharmed, but the home was destroyed.

Darbegh was acquitted of attempted murder and aggravated assault charges at trial last December. But the Mercer County jury convicted her of arson, burglary and weapons offenses.

Darbegh must serve 51 months of the sentence imposed Friday before becoming eligible for parole. But she has already served nearly four years, so she’ll be eligible for parole in six months.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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