Woman reaches plea deal in deadly fire

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A trial set for Monday was canceled after a woman accused of setting a deadly Carrollton house fire reached a plea deal with Denton County prosecutors.

Toni Renee Barnett, 46, received an eight-year prison term for manslaughter and two years for aggravated assault for setting the Aug. 27, 2010, blaze that killed 2-year-old Braylen Smalls, the son of a man she was dating. The sentences will run concurrently.

Murder and arson charges were dismissed at the July 9 plea hearing. A mistrial was declared in the case in November after jurors were unable to reach a verdict.

— The Dallas Morning News


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