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Woman gets prison for burning ex husband’s home

Superior Telegram

A Superior woman who set fire to her ex-husband’s residence with a Molotov cocktail on Good Friday will spend seven years in prison.

Amy Marie Pionk, 30, pleaded no contest Jan. 17 in Douglas County Circuit Court to one count domestic abuse arson as a party to a crime.

Judge George Glonek sentenced her Thursday to prison with eight years of extended supervision. She must also pay $2,000 restitution to cover items lost in the fire and veterinarian bills for a puppy rescued from the fire. A separate bail jumping charge was dismissed.

According to the criminal complaint:

Pionk and Michael Garner Thompson, 27, set fire to the home March 29 so Pionk, whose ex-husband lived there, could get full custody of her children.

When questioned by Superior Police Detective William Braman, Pionk said they planned to set the fire days before. They made Molotov cocktails with gasoline and empty beer bottles taken from a bar garbage can, according to Thompson. They broke a basement window and Thompson threw three of the cocktails through it, lit a fourth one on fire and threw it inside. Then they fled the scene.

The fire at 1311 N. 23rd St. caused $20,000 damage, according to the Superior Fire Department. Firefighters rescued a four-month old Beagle pup named Rush from the home. Although the animal spent Easter weekend at a veterinarian’s office, he showed no ill effects from the fire.

In December, Thompson was sentenced to six years in prison and eight years of extended supervision for the arson.