Woman Accused of Helping Friend Kill Herself in Fiery Explosion Pleads Guilty
Edna Bennet and Ana Frigine-York had been friends for 18 years, eight of which were spent living together in a mobile home that went up in flames in 2016.
An Oregon woman admitted to supplying gasoline so her friend could kill herself in a fiery explosion that destroyed their shared mobile home, officials said.
Edna Bennet, 76, pleaded guilty Friday to negligent homicide and three counts of first-degree arson relating to the death of Ana Frigine-York, according to KOIN-TV.
Bennett and Frigine-York had been friends for 18 years, eight of which were spent living together with Frigine-York’s daughter in a Newberg mobile home that went up in flames on June 1, 2016.
Firefighters discovered Frigine-York’s body and two partially melted gas cans inside the home, authorities said.
Neither Bennett nor Frigine-York’s daughter were home at the time of the incident, but as the fire raged on, Bennett arrived at the scene and gave police two letters she said she wrote as Frigine-York dictated, court documents obtained by KOIN-TV said.
Inside the letters were reportedly Frigine-York’s identification, her wishes after her death and statements about her life and beliefs.
Bennett went on to tell investigators that she purchased and filled six gas cans at different gas stations in the weeks leading up to the fire and left them at the home.
She knew that Frigine-York planned to douse the home, and herself, with the gas before lighting herself on fire, authorities said.
Bennett pleaded guilty days before her trial was set to begin on May 9.
She faces up to 25 years in prison, but is expected to serve 18 months including supervised probation as part of her plea deal.
Her sentencing is scheduled for June 5.
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