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Sentencing For Man Who Threatened To Light Woman On Fire In Bed

Posted On January 15, 2018

By Mike Perleberg

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(Ripley County, Ind.) – Shane Wilson poured gasoline over a woman in bed, then held a lighter over her.

That was part of an intense domestic violence situation that unfolded at Wilson’s home last June.

In announcing Wilson’s sentence on Friday, Ripley County Prosecutor Ric Hertel called the episode truly terrifying.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Wilson, 42, of Moores Hill, became angry with the victim after midnight.

“Wilson then obtained a gas can that he used to pour gasoline on the bed that the victim was lying on. He then stood over the victim with a lighter while he moved his fingers over the lighter as if he were going to light it. Additionally, the Defendant disconnected the battery to their car and hid both the home phone and the victim’s work phone,” Hertel said.

Initially charged with Intimidation and Attempted Arson, Wilson pleaded guilty to Attempted Arson (level 6 felony) in Ripley Superior Court.

His sentencing was held on Wednesday, January 9, with Judge Jeffrey Sharp giving Wilson 830 days and a domestic violence situation. Hertel said the sentence was only eight days shy of the maximum sentence allowed under the attempted arson conviction.

Sharp also made a domestic violence determination against Wilson, permanently taking away his right to own or possess a firearm.

At the hearing, the court heard from Wilson’s victim in the form of a letter she wrote. It detailed the constant nightmares she has faced since the incident, among other things. Kim Bohman, a representative from local women’s shelter Safe Passage Inc., also spoke.

Hertel complimented deputy prosecutor Ashlee Satterfield for her work on the case, preparation of the expert and time with the victim.

“…The nature and circumstances of this case are one of the most disturbing domestic violence cases in quite some time. Clearly, Judge Sharp sent a message to this defendant,” said Hertel.