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Sevier County mom who tried to set son on fire gets 8-year sentence

Lance Coleman, The Knoxville News-Sentinel • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:02 PM

HENRYTOWN (MCT) – The Sevier County mother who tried to set her infant son on fire was sentenced to eight years in jail with the possibility for parole after serving 30 percent of the term, 4th Judicial District Attorney Jimmy Dunn said.

Becky Eury, 33, went back to jail following Tuesday's hearing in front of Sevier County Circuit Court Judge Rex Ogle, the prosecutor said.

"She had some arguments, but the judge overruled her arguments or didn't believe them and he sentenced her," Dunn said. "I think that is the correct sentence."

According to Kim Rayfield, Sevier County Jail sentencing manager, Eury probably already has served most of 30 percent of her sentence.

"That doesn't mean she automatically gets it, she becomes eligible for a hearing. Then it is up to the parole board to grant parole," Rayfield said.

As part of the sentence, Ogle imposed a restraining order preventing her from contact with her children and family, officials said.

A Sevier County jury in July found Eury guilty of attempted aggravated child abuse, neglect or endangerment, felony reckless endangerment and setting fire to personal property.

On May 8, 2010, when the incident occurred, Eury's son was 5 weeks old; she also has another son who was 3 years old at the time, officials said.

Officers found a partially burned child safety seat when they were called to the woman's home on Henrytown Road after the child's father alleged that Eury had set the car seat on fire while the baby was strapped in it.

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