Wayne County woman sets father on fire with camper fuel and candle, pleads guilty to murder charge

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(June 30, 2015) – A Wayne County woman pleaded guilty to murder and arson after she burned her father alive.

On July 8, 2011, 30-year-old Nina Holbrook told police she “torched” her 50-year-old father, Carl Holbrook at their Wayne County home near Richmond.

According to a probable cause affidavit, while Carl was out of the house,  Nina went into their shed and got a can of camper fuel. Nina took the camper fuel into her room and poured it into a cup. She then lit a candle and waited for her father to come home.

When her father came into the house, Nina called for him to come into her bedroom. When he entered the room, she threw the cup of fuel into his face and shoved the candle to his chest. Nina then crawled out of her bedroom window and walked down the road where she then spoke with her uncle Harvey Holbrook.

She told Harvey what she had done, and that her plan was for her father to die.

Harvey called police. When they arrived, Carl was burned severely over the majority of his body, and he was unable to speak.

He was pronounced dead the same day.

Investigators asked Nina what happened, and she replied, “I torched him.” When they asked again, she said, “I set my dad on fire.”

Nina will serve 55 years in prison for the murder charge and 50 years in prison for the felony charge. They will be served concurrently.

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