UNLAWFUL WOUNDING PLEA Woman Admits To Setting Boyfriend On Fire; Avoids Trial
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Nov. 26, 2012 10:21 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 26, 2012 11:51 AM EST
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A Dunbar woman accused of pouring gasoline on her boyfriend and setting him on fire pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding Monday morning in Kanawha Circuit Court.
Cynthia Swoboda, 46, was sentenced to serve a year in jail after the plea, but she will only serve six months with credit for time served.
In May, Swoboda poured gasoline on her boyfriend, Shane Stone, and then set him on fire in the CVS pharmacy parking lot in Dunbar. Officials said Swoboda became angry just before the incident because her boyfriend had poured gasoline on her. Both the prosecution and defense agreed there were some domestic issues in the relationship, and she had a restraining order against her boyfriend.
Police said Stone suffered a large burn on his back, and he was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital’s burn unit, where he was treated and released. Swoboda was originally charged with attempted murder.
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