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Smithfield woman charged with setting fire to husband

Posted May 28, 2009
Updated May 29, 2009

— Johnston County deputies arrested a Smithfield woman Wednesday after they said she set fire to the bed where her husband was sleeping.

Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tammy Amaon said Joyce Renee Finch, 50, of 161 Ogburn Road, is charged with assault with a deadly weapon.

Finch and her husband, Ricky Finch, 54, argued at the home of a neighbor on Saturday, Amaon said. After Ricky Finch went home to bed, his wife poured gasoline on the sheets and set them on fire, she said.

Ricky Finch suffered minor injuries.


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  • xchief661 May 29, 2009


  • kbo80 May 29, 2009

    anneonymousone let me educate you. Self-defense is when you are defending yourself while abuse is currently happening not when someone is in bed trying to sleep. That is why there are a number of women in jail/prison because the incident was over and done with when they decided to retaliate not defend themselves. If this woman was getting abuse then she should have defended herself at the time not later at night.

  • anneonymousone May 29, 2009

    I fail to see any humor in this, and I find it sad that others do. Whether she was the initial aggressor and was trying to kill him out of malice, or whether she was trying to kill him out of self-defense, this is vile.

    (I only bring up the self-defense angle because a great number of women who have been imprisoned for trying to kill men had been battered and suffered other abuse beforehand. I have no idea if it happened here, and I believe that women who try to kill men out of malice or greed deserve the same treatment that men who murder women out of malice or greed deserve.)

  • rushbot May 29, 2009

    Good thing it wasn't the reverse situation. They could have included the assault on a female charge. I wonder why there is not an assault on a male law on the books.

  • Panther May 29, 2009

    This woman needs a little more than anger management, like a few years in an 8X10 cell block.

  • Timetogo May 29, 2009

    Hmmmm.. I wonder what he did to make her so mad... whatever it was, I bet he won't do it again!

  • Sidekick May 29, 2009

    "I will just pour gas on him, set him on fire and go down to the living room untile the fire goes out. Who'll ever find out?"

  • Tax Man May 28, 2009

    Hey, how about arson and attempted murder. Dangerous woman needs to spend a few years in prison for this! That is real uncontrolled rage. At least a few years at Dorthea Dix...
    Glad the husband is ok

  • tharris01 May 28, 2009

    I bet he wont make her mad anymore!

  • wcumom May 28, 2009

    WRAL,I think you put the husbands picture up.