U. of Washington Arsonist Sentenced to 6 Years

Published: June 23, 2008

TACOMA, Wash. – A woman convicted of assisting in the 2001 arson attack on the University of Washington’s (UW) Urban Horticulture Center was sentenced to six years in prison June 20.

Briana Waters is one of five who allegedly contributed to more than $6 million in damages to the university. She was convicted of two counts of arson, and prosecutors sought a 10-year sentence.

Initially, Waters was also charged with use of a destructive device in a crime of violence, which carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 30 years; however, she was not convicted of that crime.

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