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The Today File

Your guide to the latest news from around the Northwest

September 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Olympia man sentenced to 6 years for setting wife afire

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — A man who poured lighter fluid on his wife’s legs and set her on fire was sentenced Tuesday in Olympia to more than six years in prison.

It was the second sentencing for Duane M. Rader who had a previous 10-year sentence for arson and assault overturned on appeal.

The Olympian reports Rader pleaded guilty to the same charges. His wife suffered second-degree burns in the assault three years ago at their Thurston County home.

Rader has been at the Airway Heights Corrections Center since his 2011 trial. His lawyer, Patrick O’Connor, says the 15-year Army veteran who had three overseas tours used alcohol to self-medicate post-traumatic stress disorder.

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