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Nelson Woman Sentenced for Setting Fires for Insurance Money

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A Nelson County woman found guilty of setting fire to her home to collect insurance money will spend more than six years behind bars.

Linda Blackwell was sentenced Tuesday in Nelson County. A judge gave her five months on each of three charges of obtaining money by false pretenses. For each of two charges of burning an occupied dwelling, she received five years, with half of that suspended. A jury found her guilty of those charges back in March.

The convictions are for two fires, one in 2012 and another in 2013.

She was found not guilty of arson for a fatal fire in 2009 that killed James Shelton, a family friend.

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