Texas Woman Gets 35 Years For Setting Ex-Boyfriend On Fire

This undated photo provided by the Galveston County Criminal District Attorney’s Office shows Nancy Ruth Allen. Prosecutors say the Southeast Texas woman has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for setting her ex-boyfriend on fire after shutting off power to his apartment to lure him outside. Allen, of Galveston, was sentenced Monday, March 25, 2019, after pleading guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence. Officials say the victim survived but suffered severe burns to his face and body. (Galveston County Criminal District Attorney’s Office via AP)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Prosecutors say a Southeast Texas woman has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for setting her ex-boyfriend on fire after shutting off power to his apartment to lure him outside.

Nancy Ruth Allen of Galveston was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon/family violence. Officials say the victim survived but suffered severe burns to his face and body.

Investigators blamed the 51-year-old Allen for a 2017 disturbance at her former boyfriend’s home. Authorities say Allen shut off power to the residence and waited for the man to exit to reset the circuit breaker box.

Prosecutors say the victim was assaulted using a “firebomb” made of fuel-soaked rags and set ablaze. Officers recovered a charred lighter nearby.


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