Lemoore woman gets 12 years-to-life for burning her roommate

October 12, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A Lemoore woman who doused her roommate with gasoline and set her on fire has been sentenced to 12 years-to-life in state prison for the crime.

Chasety Reynolds, 32, showed little emotion as she entered a Kings County superior courtroom for her sentencing.

It happened back in September 2011 at the home Reynolds and Victoria De La Fuentes shared in Lemoore. Reynolds threw gasoline on De La Fuentes and watched her burned alive. Two people saw the fire and stopped to help. De La Fuentes suffered burns to 55 percent of her body and lost her eye.

De La Fuentes was at the sentencing and read a statement to her attacker. She asked that we not film because of her injuries. Her daughter Destiny Ybarra was in court and became emotional when her mom spoke.

"She's physically and emotionally scarred," Ybarra said. "My scars are on the inside, but she has to walk around and everybody has to see how she feels."

Reynolds was sentenced to 12 years-to-life in state prison for mayhem and first degree attempted murder. Reynold's attorney told the courtroom his client was remorseful for what she had done and believes she can be rehabilitated. However, Kings County's district attorney says the law doesn't adequately address the crime.

Larry Crouch said, "If she only used a revolver we could have put 25 to life on it because she used gasoline and a match or cigarette, we're stuck with this sentence."

"I don't think she should even be able to live," Ybarra said. "I mean it's not right. I think she should suffer the same way my mom has. I don't think jail is enough."

Ybarra says after enduring 12 surgeries, her mom may never fully recover from the wounds that almost took her life.

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