Mother pleads guilty in home arson case

Kayla Settle

A Clifton woman accused of setting fire to her own apartment with her brother and children inside could be sentenced to prison after pleading guilty Tuesday.

Kayla Settle, 22, faces a maximum of 12 years in prison after she pleaded guilty to counts of arson and misdemeanor child abuse stemming from her arrest last fall.

An arrest affidavit said Settle first told Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies that she came across a masked gunman who sexually assaulted her and started a fire on Nov. 19 at 3225 Rood Ave., Unit 1. The fire caused more than $20,000 in damage. Settle’s brother, 17, and her children, ages 3 and 5, at the time of the incident, were inside the apartment when the fire started.

She later said she made up the story about the gunman, saying she was depressed and suicidal, the affidavit said.

Settle said she smoked marijuana, took a dose of cold medicine and obtained a bottle of lighter fluid from a shed, the affidavit said. She said she sprayed the 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.

Settle will be sentenced Aug. 26 by District Judge Valerie Robison.


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