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Iowa man sentenced to 30 years for woman’s fire death

May 21, 2019

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Sioux City man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for the fire-related death of a woman last year.

The Sioux City Journal reports that 52-year-old Robert Mahoney was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years for first-degree arson and five years for involuntary manslaughter, with the sentences to be served one after the other. A jury convicted Mahoney in March of the counts for the death of 51-year-old Wanda Blake.

Blake died three weeks after Mahoney torched his Sioux City apartment on Feb. 4, 2018. Prosecutors say Mahoney was bored when he set a small fire using bug spray and a lighter. When the fire went out, Mahoney became angry and set a second fire, which blazed out of control and damaged several units at Central Apartments.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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