Woman Sentenced for Setting Man on Fire
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.