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Anderson sentenced for fatal fire

Roni Anderson speaks during her sentencing March 19, 2018, in Brown County court. (WLUK image)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The woman convicted of setting fire to a Hobart man’s home, killing him, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.

Roni Anderson, 49, pleaded no contest last December to setting the fire which killed Harold Ambrosius, 89, in 2015.

According to a criminal complaint, several witnesses and emergency responders told police they pulled up to the fire and saw Anderson kneeling over Ambrosius' lifeless body in the front yard. Some witnesses told police Anderson wouldn't let anyone try to help Ambrosius.

One witness told police Anderson was 'incoherent and was wailing.' The witness called Anderson's actions 'not genuine and almost as if it was something she thought she needed to do' and that she 'never saw any tears.'

However, Anderson told police she believed Ambrosius started the fire on purpose and she felt that he tried to kill her.

The arson count for setting this fire, and for an unrelated business fire, were dismissed as part of the plea deal.

After she serves her 20 years in prison, Anderson will spend 15 years on extended supervision.

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