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Woman sentenced to life in prison for starting fatal fire

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Woman sentenced to life in prison for starting fatal fire

A screen shot of the apartment fire on Covington Highway, posted on DeKalb County Fire Rescue Social media.
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A screen shot of the apartment fire on Covington Highway, posted on DeKalb County Fire Rescue Social media.

A screen shot of the apartment fire on Covington Highway, posted on DeKalb County Fire Rescue Social media.

A DeKalb County judge has sentenced Jasmine Lashae Lockett to life in prison plus 20 years for starting a fatal apartment fire. 

Lockett, 26, was convicted of arson, felony murder, five counts of aggravated assault and three counts of criminal damage to property in connection with the fire that killed Tony Hubert.

The fire began early in the morning on Oct. 21, 2015 at The Parke On Covington apartments

“The 37-year-old Hubert helped his family escape the blaze that started in the corridor outside the only entrance to in his second-story apartment,” the District Attorney’s office said. “He was later found dead inside the apartment.”

Prosecutors say she started the fire after having an argument with one of the residents of the apartment building. Her co-defendant, Melvin Wayne Griffin III, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and is serving five years in prison, the District Attorney’s Office said in a press release.

 

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