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WOMAN IN ARSON CASE REFUSES PLEA DEAL

A Buffalo woman facing a possible life term for endangering the lives of several people by allegedly staging a Woltz Avenue arson last year was jailed Tuesday after she refused to accept a prosecution plea deal to a lesser felony charge.

Erie County Judge Michael L. D'Amico revoked bail for Angela Rainey after she repeatedly refused to admit she had thrown a 40-ounce Molotov cocktail through a window at 260 Woltz just after midnight Jan. 7, 1997.

Ms. Rainey, 25, of Rother Avenue, could be sent to prison for life on a first-degree arson charge.

Ms. Rainey insisted her jailed co-defendant, Jolene L. Scott, caused the fire. But arson prosecutor Rosanne E. Johnson said all the evidence points to Ms. Rainey and asked the judge to revoke her $5,000 bail.

Ms. Rainey claimed she had told Ms. Scott to use the Molotov cocktail and admitted she wanted Ms. Scott to throw it because she had a fight over a man with a woman who lived the Woltz Avenue address. But she refused to accept criminal liability.

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