Carlsbad woman sentenced in burning of her home

April 26, 2014 • State News

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — A Carlsbad woman who burned down her own house after claiming to hear noises in the attic will serve prison time.

The Carlsbad Current-Argus reported ( Friday that Valerie [auth] Hernandez was sentenced in district court after pleading no contest to a negligent arson charge.

The judge gave Hernandez 225 days credit, resulting in a 10-month sentence.

According to police, a then-33-year-old Hernandez was arrested in October 2012 for allegedly setting fire to a mattress in her home.

Hernandez told police she believed someone was living in the attic and had bugged the house to listen to her conversations.

No one was hurt in the blaze.

Investigators say her allegation that an unknown man was in her attic proved unfounded.

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