Pawhuska arson plea yields 20-year sentence
Chester Carman, who was accused of setting fire to a house occupied by his estranged wife and one of her friends in Pawhuska on Oct. 21, pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to 20 years in prison for the arson.
Carman, 38, will serve the sentence concurrently with a previously suspended sentence out of Washington County stemming from the 2002 death of Christopher Storm, 19, who was killed when Carman put him in a chokehold to put him to sleep. Storm was allegedly behaving belligerently at a drunken party in Bartlesville.
In the more recent case, Carman told Pawhuska police that he used a cigarette lighter to set fire to a carpet hanging on the porch rail of a house on Trumbly after his soon-to-be-ex-wife, Aletia Carman, refused to let him stay there. The fire traveled from the rug to a wall of the wood frame house, invaded the attic and destroyed the house. Neither Aletia Carman nor her friend, Crystal Tinsley, was injured in the blaze, but they had to vacate the premises.