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Spahr’s close friend, Emily Stone, attended Friday’s sentencing. She said she felt the punishment was fair, but wished she could have her friend back.
"I’m glad it’s finally over," Stone said. "There really isn’t any sentence that’s fair. There were three lives lost here."
Prosecutors said victims’ families largely did not want to see Kimber be sent to prison for the rest of her life. It was part of the reason the state struck a deal that swapped two murder charges, which could have landed Kimber in prison for the rest of her life, for manslaughter.
According to court documents, Kimber has previously been convicted of three misdemeanor crimes — "all non-violent," her lawyer said — and completed mental health court in 2005.
Kimber’s family members, who attended Friday’s hearing, declined to comment as they left the courtroom.
Several firefighters who responded to the 2011 blaze also attended Friday’s sentencing. Schofield said it was a difficult day for his team, and one they will never forget.
"It’s hard for a firefighter to go into a home and find victims they weren’t able to save," Schofield said. "These are people who will deal with that for the rest of their career."
Kimber will be given credit toward her sentence for the two and a half years she has already served in jail. The judge ordered restitution be determined at a later date.
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