Elkhart woman pleaded guilty to house fire that killed two people

(Photo supplied/Elkhart County Jail)

An Elkhart woman admitted to setting a home on fire, killing a man and child, last year.

It happened in May, when a house fire on Oakland Avenue took the lives of 51-year-old Dennis Witte and 8-year-old Nyshaun Finch.

The woman, 48-year-old Genessa Jones, was arrested five months after the fire.

The Elkhart Truth reports that Jones claimed to have an alibi at the time of the fire.

Now, Jones has pleaded guilty to murder.

Under the terms of her plea, Jones will receive a 55-year sentence for each count of murder, to be served consecutively.

She is set for sentencing on August 18.


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