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Man sentenced for setting woman on fire

Posted November 9, 2010

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— A Wake County man was sentenced on Tuesday to four years in jail for trying to kill a woman by setting her on fire.

Roderick Sanders, 24, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to assault and arson charges, authorities said.

Police said Sanders set Shyona Perry on fire on Sept. 11. The two have a a daughter together.


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  • tarheelpatriot Nov 10, 2010

    If the charges were dropped from attempted murder to arson and
    assault , would the DA have to agree to that??

    I wish WRAL would report more about whether he got a dropped charge in return for a guilty plea...also it would be nice to know the maximum number of years the judge could have given.

  • braddavis Nov 10, 2010

    You can't blame the DA. I know Shekita. She's very good at what she does. She did her job by presenting the evidence for him to be found guilty. I'd say the judge was way too easy on the guy. Just food for thought.

  • tarheelpatriot Nov 10, 2010

    Prosecutor was Assistant DA Melanie Shekita.
    Sentencing judge was Robert Hobgood.
    DA Office 919-792-5000
    Superior Court Judges Main # 919-792-4950.

    Calling may not help this victim get proper justice , but it can help future victims if enough people speak up that they want
    tougher sentencing.
    Putting these violent offenders away makes the world a safer place.

  • pebbles72 Nov 10, 2010

    Just 4 years for attempted murder? Really.....come on justice system, we are supposed to have faith in you!

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  • azizjilani Nov 10, 2010

    Go Tigers!

  • 88gta Nov 10, 2010

    I agree with the previous comments, WRAL has provided almost NO information about the details of this case. That does make it difficult to make a reasonable and educated judgement.

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  • Caveman93 Nov 10, 2010

    God the lack of content on this website just stinks lately! What are you people being paid for? Can you at least mention why she was lit on fire or something?

  • tarheelpatriot Nov 10, 2010

    Originally the story said he was being charged with attempted murder. The last story said he pleaded guilty to arson and assault. Reporters spend lots of time on unimportant news, but we need to know more in this type story. Why were charges reduced?? Who was the judge??
    This guy had a prior record of violence.
    With a 4 year sentence when will he be eligible for parole???
    Probably before the woman is out of the hospital. Then she gets
    the nightmare of sharing custody of her child with a man
    who set her on fire.