Mom gets 5 years for setting home on fire

District Judge Valerie Robison on Friday handed down a five-year prison sentence for a woman who last year set fire to her apartment with her children inside.

Kayla Settle, 22, of Clifton, could have received under a plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office a maximum 12 years in prison following a guilty plea in June to one count of felony arson and misdemeanor child abuse.

Settle, who had been free on bond, was ordered jailed Friday and will have to serve three years on parole after her prison term.

Settle was charged in connection with a fire Nov. 19, 2010, which she first claimed was the work of a masked gunman who had also sexually assaulted her at 3225 Rood Ave., Unit 1, according to an arrest affidavit.

Settle’s teenage brother, and her children, ages 3 and 5 at the time, were at the apartment when the fire started.

Settle later said she made up the story about the gunman and said she was depressed and suicidal, the affidavit said. Settle said she sprayed lighter fluid on the house outside her children’s bedroom, but she couldn’t ignite it, so she went inside and lit one of her children’s shirts on fire, the affidavit said. They were not injured.


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