KEITH WHITCOMB JR., Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A Manchester woman pleaded guilty Friday to setting a bag of clothes and magazines on fire that had been left on the porch of an occupied mobile home, all within view of the Manchester Police Department.

Linda C. Daley, 63, pleaded guilty to third degree arson in Vermont Superior Court and received a two-year deferred sentence. After two years, if she completes all the court requires of her, the charge will be expunged from her record.

Daley was charged in May after a Manchester Police dispatcher saw what appeared to be a mobile home on fire. According to a police affidavit, the dispatcher notified police officers who had stepped out of the building, and they used a fire extinguisher to slow the flames. Three bags of magazines and clothes, plus a couch had caught fire. Warren McIntyre III, who was in the home, said the bags had not been there when he went to sleep. The incident occurred in the early morning hours. Also in the home was McIntyre’s wife, two children, and an elderly male who requires an oxygen tank to breathe.

The family suspected Daley, who is McIntyre’s mother-in-law. They had been having issues. Police were also shown a video showing Daley’s car at the mobile home before flames could be seen on the porch. Daley told police she put the bags on the porch, then dropped a lit cigarette in with them. She began to cry after being asked why she did this.

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