Coventry homeowner pleads guilty in family arson case

NORWICH – A Coventry woman pleaded guilty to arson Tuesday, telling the court she poured gasoline inside her home and directed her daughter and stepfather to light it on fire.

The Chenango County Sheriff’s Office arrested 70-year-old Joseph S. Dietzman, 36-year-old Kimberly Koster and 17-year-old Chelsie M. Koster following an investigation into a Coventry blaze on Aug. 13.

Kimberly Koster pleaded guilty to third degree arson, a C class felony, yesterday in a deal with the Chenango County District Attorney’s Office that will sentence her to one to three years in state prison. Judge W. Howard Sullivan granted her a six-day furlough to get her personal affairs in order at the objection of prosecutors.

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