Woman sentenced to prison for setting boyfriend on fire in Laurens County

LAURENS, SC (FOX Carolina) –

A judge sentenced Angela Berry, the suspect in the fatal burning of an Upstate man, to 30 years in prison Tuesday after Berry pleaded guilty on multiple charges.

Berry was arrested in June 2015 after 53-year-old William David Corteville suffered severe injuries from being set on fire while he slept, investigators said. Five months later, Corteville died at Augusta Burn Center.

According to deputies, his skin “appeared to have melted off his body.”

Berry was accused of dousing the victim in gasoline and igniting the fuel.

After Corteville’s death, her charges were upgraded to murder and first-degree arson.

Berry appeared in court on Monday where she chose to enter a guilty plea. The judge accepted her guilty plea on a lesser charge voluntary manslaughter.

On Tuesday morning, the judge heard final pleas from the defense and the prosecution before issuing the sentence.

The defense argued there was a history of abuse between Berry and Corteville that should be factored into the sentence.

The judge said Berry could be eligible for parole after serving seven years.

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