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Woman Sentenced for Setting Man on Fire

January 21, 2006

GALENA, Mo. (AP) _ A woman who killed her ex-husband by dousing him with gasoline and setting him on fire has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Barbara Ann Banning, 60, poured the fuel on her ex-husband while he was sitting in a recliner recovering from knee surgery. She then lit a piece of newspaper on a stove and threw it at him.

Neighbors put out the flames, but Fred Bounous died hours later.

``No one’s going to miss him more than I will,″ said Banning, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and first-degree arson.

Public defender Brian Smith said Banning snapped after years of emotional and physical abuse.

Bounous’ relatives have questioned the abuse claims.

``No matter what the relationship was like in the past, there was no evidence the defendant was pushed into that situation,″ prosecutor Robert George said.

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