Conway
Conway

A York City woman who set her own apartment on fire has been sentenced to a lengthy term in state prison.

Rhonda Conway, 58, formerly of 107 S. Queen St., pleaded no contest Oct. 11 to arson.

On Tuesday, she was sentenced to nine to 18 years in prison by Common Pleas Judge Michael E. Bortner, according to court records.

Conway started fires in four different locations inside her second-floor apartment on Nov. 26, 2011, York City Police said.

She then used a tricycle to smash the window of first-floor tenant Stacy Luckey, then yelled she was going to kill Luckey, police said.

Conway ran away when officers arrived on scene, but was arrested a short time later at a gas station a block away, police said.

Three people were displaced by the fire, which caused moderate to heavy damage to Conway's apartment and some smoke and water damage to Luckey's first-floor apartment, fire officials said.

First assistant public defender Clasina Houtman, who represented Conway, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Defendants who plead no contest aren't admitting guilt. Rather, they are saying they won't contest the charges against them. Otherwise, a no-contest plea has the same effect as a guilty plea.