An Elkhart man Monday was sentenced to 80 years in prison for breaking into a home and threatening to torch a woman after dousing her in lighter fluid.
Last month, a 12-member jury convicted 47-year-old Larry Haines, Sr. on four counts stemming from the incident that happened in May 2013.
Elkhart County Prosecutor Curtis Hill says Haines broke into his estranged wife's Best Ave. home. During the trial, jurors learned Haines kicked in the door, sprayed lighter fluid throughout the home and tried to click the switch of a hand-held propane torch.
Haines and his wife, Jeanie, had been separated since 2009.
He cornered her in her bedroom and doused her body in the same lighter fluid. While he clicked the torch, she saw sparks coming from the end of it and heard him say "See how easy it is for me to kill you."
Jeanie Haines managed to break free and run out of the home to get help from neighbors. Her neighbors, though, weren't home, so she kept running across Mishawaka Road to a friend's house on Woodrow Street. That's when 911 was called.
Larry Haines was convicted of Burglary, Attempted Arson, Intimidation and Battery with a Deadly Weapon.
He faced up to 108 years behind bars.
According to a statement from the Elkhart County prosecutor's office, "In passing down the court's sentence, Judge Stephen Bowers was shocked by Haines' lack of remorse and utter disregard for both the system and victim in this case."