Cornwall arsonist gets nearly three years in prison

The Cornwall courthouse at 29 Second Street West. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – A Cornwall woman who torched a home and car of a man on St. Felix Street in March 2019 will be spending nearly three years in prison.

Erica Brazeau, 27, was sentenced earlier this month by Judge Gilles Renaud in a Cornwall courtroom.

Brazeau had been facing charges of arson, possession of incendiary material and breach of undertaking as well as other charges in unrelated incidents.

Brazeau tried to burn down a home at 238 St. Felix Street in Cornwall on March 3, 2019, court records show.

On the most serious charge of arson with disregard for human life, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, Brazeau received three years. But with credit of six months for pre-trial custody, she will have to serve two-and-a-half years (30 months).

She was also given a three month concurrent sentence for breaking an order not to communicate or go to the homes of Leonard Waring or Thompson Presley Garon.

Charges of damage to property by arson and possession of incendiary material were withdrawn by the Crown.

Brazeau was also given a lifetime weapons ban and had to submit a DNA sample to the court.

In the separate cases, there was a restitution order for $5,192 for breaking a window.

Brazeau was also found guilty on multiple assaults on Cornwall police officers, resisting arrest, making death threats and disobeying court orders. Those happened in December 2019, April 2020 and May 2020.

All the sentences in those charges, which ranged from three to 21 months, are running concurrent to the sentence for arson.

Once out of prison, Brazeau will be on probation for 10 years.

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