A Clearfield County woman charged with setting a mobile home on fire in 2010 to try to kill her husband and keep him from getting custody of their children will face at least eight years in prison.
Deanna Nevel, 30, of Winburne, reached a plea agreement last week with Clearfield County prosecutors, pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree and conspiracy to commit arson.
As part of the agreement, attempted murder, attempted homicide and other related charges were withdrawn. Nevel is scheduled for a sentencing hearing in September and could face up a maximum of 40 years if the judge gives her the harshest punishment, according to the plea deal document.
Clearfield County District Attorney William Shaw declined to comment on the deal or the case.
Nevel was represented by the Clearfield County Public Defenders Office, and her attorney could not be reached for comment.
Nevel’s co-defendant, 20-year-old Hillmer Harris, of Philipsburg, is awaiting trial.
Both defendants are in the Clearfield County Jail with bail set at $500,000.
Police allege Harris was the one who obtained the gas used to set fire to a mobile home in the Baney Trailer Park in Decatur Township in 2010.
Police said Nevel drove him to the gas station, to the mobile home and back from the home.
Through the investigation, police said they learned the idea for the arson came about because Nevel didn’t want her husband, James Nevel, to get custody of their children. James Nevel survived.
In the charging documents, police wrote that two other people were involved in the events that led to the alleged arson.
They have yet to be charged, and the investigation continues.
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