Juneau man sentenced in lighter fluid dousing case

Posted: Sunday, May 04, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A Juneau man accused of dousing his girlfriend with lighter fluid has been sentenced to six months in prison.

Timothy Nelson, 23, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree assault, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest Wednesday before his sentencing.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins granted the girlfriend's request to drop a restraining order keeping them apart.

The state dropped a third-degree assault charge, stemming from the Feb. 17 incident because the 21-year-old victim later told officials she may have been sprayed with water, not lighter fluid, Assistant District Attorney Natasha Norris told the court.

According to initial police reports and court records, Nelson came home after drinking or using drugs. The couple argued and Nelson allegedly punched his girlfriend several times.

According to court records, Nelson knocked the couple's child out of his girlfriend's arms, picked up lighter fluid, sprayed it on the woman's back, held out a lighter and threatened to light the fluid.

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