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Young Arsonist Sentenced To Over 40 Years In Prison For Fire That Killed Elderly Woman

An arsonist has been sentenced for a series of fires that killed a woman and terrorized Cottonwood two years ago. 21-year-old Samuel Scholfield set numerous fires between July 27th and October 26th of 2018 to vegetation and structures, including the home of 86-year-old Barcie Miller. She perished in the fire, leading to the murder charge for Scholfield. His home was central to the original cluster of arson fires. The series of suspicious fires in the Cottonwood area stopped when he was arrested near a burning house in Anderson in the early morning of October 26th. He had two incendiary devices sitting on the front seat next to him. Scholfield entered guilty pleas in October to first degree murder and five counts of arson of an inhabited dwelling. He was formally sentenced Thursday to 40 years 8 months to life in state prison.