CRIME
05/13/2014 11:49 am ET

Mom Imprisoned For Setting Daughter's Rapist On Fire

A mother who killed her daughter's rapist by setting him on fire began a five-and-half-year prison sentence this week.

Maria del Carmen Garcia of Benejúzar, Spain, was convicted of murder in 2009, according to The Local.

The killing occurred in 2005, after Antonio Soriano, a man who raped Garcia's daughter in 1998 but was out of prison on parole, ran into Garcia and asked, "How's your daughter?" Later that day, Garcia purchased gasoline, located Soriano in a bar, threw the gasoline on him and set him on fire. He died 11 days later of his burns.

Garcia's daughter was 13 at the time of the rape.

Garcia was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison, but court officials released her in 2006, citing "special circumstances," such as the fact that Garcia had no previous record and claimed to have experienced temporary insanity when she committed the crime.

However, the High Court of Justice of Valencia ruled that Garcia must go back to prison to serve a reduced sentence of five and a half years, according to Dreamin Demon's translation of Spanish media outlet El Mundo.

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