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He Set A Woman on Fire. Now, His Punishment

Carl Tramane Magee III first poured gasoline on the woman
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 11, 2019 3:13 PM CDT
Carl Tramane Magee III.   (West Virginia Regional Jail Authority)

(Newser) – A homeless man who lit a homeless West Virginia woman on fire as she slept has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, the AP reports. News outlets report Carl Tramane Magee III was sentenced Friday in Kanawha County Circuit Court. A jury found him guilty of murder by arson in March and later recommended no mercy. Police said the 44-year-old woman was asleep on a Charleston porch in July 2017 when Magee poured gasoline on her and lit her on fire.

Video from a surveillance camera showed Magee going up to the porch with a gas can and a fire igniting. Magee also was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison on a separate burglary charge. Authorities say Magee is from California but they didn't give his hometown.

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