Missouri woman admits role in arson fire that killed son, 15

2 years 2 weeks 3 days ago March 05, 2015 Mar 5, 2015 Thursday, March 05 2015 Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:49:46 PM CST in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to her role in a 2001 blaze that killed the couple's teen-age son.

Sandra Kay Bryant of St. Louis County entered the plea Thursday in St. Louis federal court to one felony count of aiding and abetting the use of fire to commit mail fraud.

Her former husband, Steven Kemper, pleaded guilty in 2013 to an identical count and awaits sentencing next month.

Authorities say the 2001 fire that damaged the family's home in the St. Louis suburb of Florissant killed Zachariah Kemper after he became trapped in the basement he shared with his mother.

That blaze produced an arson-related murder count against Bryant in a state court, though she walked free after a judge declared a mistrial.

Bryant and Kemper divorced in 2002.

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