A Chicago woman has been sentenced to 45 years in prison for the death of her boyfriend, who died after she soaked him in gasoline and the fumes ignited.
Prosecutors said Sherry Ann Hartison, 45, had a history of threatening Allan Penny if he did not give her money. Penny was disabled and received a monthly check, they said.
“In the past, she had poured hot water and grease on him, beat him and used an aerosol can and lighter to make a blowtorch. . .to scare him,” prosecutors said.
On July 2, 2010, Hartison had “become enraged about the money” and doused Penny with gasoline, then closed and locked the door of their apartment in the 3100 block of West Washington Boulevard in the East Garfield neighborhood, prosecutors said.
The fumes ignited and Hartison ran away. A neighbor heard Penny screaming and rushed into the apartment, poured water on him, wrapped him in a blanket and carried him out to the front porch, prosecutors said. Before he was taken to Stroger Hospital, Penny identified Hartison as his attacker, prosecutors said.
Penny died weeks later, and an autopsy determined the cause of death as sepsis and pneumonia brought on by injuries from the fire.
A jury convicted Hartison of first-degree murder last month. She was sentenced Monday by Criminal Court Judge Steven J. Goebel, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.
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