Admitted Provo arsonist to be sentenced

Oct 18 2013 - 10:34am

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 In this Aug. 3, 2011, file photo, Yvette Kimber walks back to her seat after appearing before a judge at the Fourth District Court in Provo, Utah. Kimber, a Provo woman who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an apartment fire that killed two people in 2011 is set to be sentenced Friday, Oct. 18, 2013in Provo. Kimber, 48, pleaded guilty in August to reduced charges two counts of manslaughter, one count of arson and one count of aggravated assault. She originally faced two counts of murder and one count of aggravated arson. She faces a minimum of three years in prison and up to 45 years. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Mark Johnson, File)
 In this Aug. 3, 2011, file photo, Yvette Kimber walks back to her seat after appearing before a judge at the Fourth District Court in Provo, Utah. Kimber, a Provo woman who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an apartment fire that killed two people in 2011 is set to be sentenced Friday, Oct. 18, 2013in Provo. Kimber, 48, pleaded guilty in August to reduced charges two counts of manslaughter, one count of arson and one count of aggravated assault. She originally faced two counts of murder and one count of aggravated arson. She faces a minimum of three years in prison and up to 45 years. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Mark Johnson, File)

PROVO -- A Provo woman who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an apartment fire that killed two people in 2011 is set to be sentenced Friday morning in Provo.

Yvette Kimber, 48, pleaded guilty in August to reduced charges two counts of manslaughter, one count of arson and one count of aggravated assault. She originally faced two counts of murder and one count of aggravated arson.

She faces a minimum of three years in prison and up to 45 years.

Kimber is accused of setting a fire March 14, 2011, at an apartment complex in Provo. Karen Murray and Catherine Crane died in the blaze, while a third woman, Jeanette Spahr, was seriously injured when she jumped from the building. Spahr died about a year later.

Kimber reportedly told police she was suicidal and consumed pills, alcohol and marijuana before setting her furniture ablaze.

After Kimber took the plea deal in August, prosecutors said the charges marked a fair resolution to a tragic case.

"I think it balances the heinousness of two people dying and what happened," prosecutor Sam Pead told the Daily Herald of Provo in August. "She didn't set her couch on fire in hopes of killing others. It wasn't premeditated but it was very reckless and took two lives."

Sharron Hales, niece of Karen Murray, told the Daily Herald that she was satisfied with the plea deal.

"We all make mistakes. She just happened to make a really big mistake," Hales said.

Fellow residents of the apartment building said that it was horrifying to watch as the victims failed to escape the blaze. Linda Powell told The Associated Press in June 2011 that said she helplessly watched her best friend, Murray, standing in the window of her apartment unable to escape.

Kimber's sister, Yvonne Terry, said that Kimber was very suicidal but didn't mean to hurt anybody but herself.

"I feel horrible for the families who lost their family," Terry told the AP in 2011, adding, "She's not a murderer."

 

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