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Prison for North Iowa arsonist

Marvella Harms

Woden woman set fire to an SUV.

Posted: Nov. 21, 2017 4:40 PM

GARNER, Iowa – A Hancock County woman is going to prison for setting a SUV on fire.

52-year-old Marvella Ann Harms of Woden has pleaded guilty to 2nd degree arson. She was arrested on July 30 for pouring gasoline inside the Dodge Durango owned by Lowell Rainey of Woden and lighting it on fire.

A Hancock County sheriff’s deputy says when he questioned Harms, she said Rainey gets on her nerves, is not nice, has been accusing her of bad things, and “this will teach him a lesson.” Authorities say the SUV was set on fire about 12 feet from the home shared by Harms and Rainey.

On Tuesday, Harms was sentenced to up to 10 years in prison, with credit for time served. She will also have to pay restitution as determined by the Hancock County Attorney’s Office.

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