Woman pleads guilty of setting house on fire with husband inside

A Wise County woman has pleaded guilty to charges that she set her home on fire while her husband was asleep in the building.

33-year-old Crystal Kay Smith of Paradise pled guilty to arson of a habitation in court yesterday. Smith admitted to starting a fire inside her home while her husband slept before leaving to pick up her son from school. Her husband woke up and escaped the house without injury, but the fire destroyed their home in November of 2013. The District Judge sentenced Smith to 10 years deferred adjudication/probation and ordered her to pay back the nearly $88,000 she received in insurance money on the home and its contents.

According to the Wise County Messenger, Smith has been in the Wise County Jail since her arrest last July until her release yesterday.

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