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Auburn woman who tried setting apartment on fire gets prison

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Kira M. Monroe, a 24-year-old woman, was sentenced this week to prison for setting fire to an apartment building in Auburn where she once resided. Monroe received a two to six-year sentence for third-degree attempted arson, a class C felony, as ruled by Judge Jon Budelmann in Cayuga County Court. This sentence will run concurrently with another sentence for an unrelated charge.


The incident, which took place last October, involved Monroe intentionally starting a fire in the basement of the building at 138 Cottage Street. At the time, the building housed multiple adults and children across its four apartments, posing significant danger to the occupants.

Originally charged with second-degree attempted arson, Monroe’s charges were reduced to third-degree after her plea in January. This reduction was due to the lack of actual fire damage to the building, explained Chief Assistant District Attorney Chris Valdina.