Woman Apologizes For Setting Fire To Door Of Occupied Home

Woman Apologizes For Setting Fire To Door Of Occupied Home

Date:Dec 02, 2018

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – A Port Richmond woman who set fire to the door of an occupied Elm Park home two months ago apologized to the court Thursday moments before she was sentenced to up to three years in prison for arson.

“I’m sorry,” Iyana Caldwell, 40, said. “I know what I did was wrong.”

Caldwell started the fire at about 11:11 a.m. on Sept. 20, said a criminal complaint.

The defendant lit up some paper and placed it near the exterior of the basement door of a residence on the 300 block of Morningstar Road, the complaint said.

The door and doorframe caught fire, said the complaint.

Caldwell then ignited some fabric which was hanging over the top of the door, the complaint said.

No injuries are alleged.

The defendant knew a woman who lived at the location, said police.

Fire marshals investigated the incident and arrested the defendant on Oct. 4.

Caldwell was indicted on charges of third-, fourth-, and fifth-degree arson, along with criminal mischief.

Three weeks ago, the defendant pleaded guilty in state Supreme Court, St. George, to fourth-degree arson, a felony, to satisfy all charges against her.

Under her agreement, Caldwell was sentenced to one to three years behind bars.

Anthony Katchen, her lawyer, has declined comment on the case.

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