12 years: fire burned fireman's wife, killed her service dog
DELHI, La. (AP) - A former volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for setting a house fire that injured his disabled wife and killed her service dog.
The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office said in a news release that 54-year-old Kenneth Fulford of Delhi (DEL-hy) was also sentenced to four years for aggravated cruelty to animals. That sentence will run concurrently with the one for aggravated arson.
Fulford pleaded guilty to the charges in December and was sentenced Feb. 20.
According to the news release Monday, Fulford told investigators he set the fire in April to "end his wife's suffering."
Investigators told news outlets in April that Fulford reported the fire through a radio issued by the Richland Parish Ward 1 Fire Department.