SUMTER, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - A jury in Sumter has found a man guilty of intentionally starting an apartment fire that killed two children.
The Item newspaper reports that 53-year-old Timothy Dingle was convicted on two counts of murder and first-degree arson, and sentenced to life in prison, followed by 30 years in prison.
The March 2012 fire killed 10-year-old Aalyiah Jackson and her 11-year-old brother Robert.
Prosecutors presented witnesses who testified Dingle set fires in three separate places in Elizabeth Young's apartment and had threatened her a day earlier.
One witness said Dingle was angry Young resisted moving in with him.
Prosecutors said Dingle knew the children were in a bedroom and setting the fire in three places meant they had no way out.