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L.A. Woman Convicted Of Setting Dancer On Fire

Okabe & Haushalter Feb 12, 2010 Violent Crimes

Following accusations that she doused a bikini dancer in gasoline and then lit her on fire, a Los Angeles woman has been convicted of aggravated mayhem and torture.

Rianne Theriault-Odom faces life in prison after a Los Angeles jury found her guilty of the charges. She was also charged with attempted murder but was acquitted.

According to prosecutors Theriault-Odom and the victim, Roberta Dos Santos Busby, were feuding at a Tarzana club when Theriault-Odom set Busby on fire.

During the trial, Busby testified that she suffered burns over 40 percent of her body, had to spend five months in the hospital, and had to undergo 30 skin grafts.

Theriault-Odom claims someone else set Busby on fire.


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