Woman gets state prison for fire in county cell after hiding lighter in vagina

By Patrick Kernan - [email protected]

WILKES-BARRE — A city woman who admitted starting a fire in the county lockup after hiding a lighter in her vagina was sentenced to five to 10 years in state prison Wednesday.

Danielle Housenick, 25, pleaded guilty in May to charges of arson, risking catastrophe, institutional vandalism and criminal mischief.

Prosecutors said Housenick, who was an inmate in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility at the time, started a fire in her cell on May 23, 2017. Corrections officers extinguished the flare-up.

Authorities later determined the fire was started with clothing and paper products.

Luzerne County Judge David W. Lupas ordered Housenick to spend between five and 10 years in state prison on the arson count, the most serious charge against her. She received lesser sentences for each of the other charges, but those were set to run at the same time as the lengthier term.

She was also ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. She was given six days credit for time served.

After the hearing, Housenick was remanded to begin her sentence.


By Patrick Kernan

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