A Selah man entered a modified plea Thursday to charges that he lit his ex-girlfriend on fire and killed her dog in the same blaze.
YAKIMA — A Selah man entered a modified plea Thursday to charges that he lit his ex-girlfriend on fire and killed her dog in the same blaze.
Stuart Bachman’s Alford plea means that he does not admit guilt but concedes that the jury would have enough evidence to convict him of first-degree arson and first-degree animal cruelty.
Bachman is expected to be given an eight-year prison term when he is sentenced Nov. 6 in Yakima County Superior Court.
He was arrested in May after the woman reported that he had set her on fire in her apartment on South 12th Avenue in Yakima.
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She was treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for second-degree burns to her head, face and ear, police said.
A necropsy determined that the dog died from smoke inhalation, deputy prosecutor Steven Jackson said.