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Woman guilty in fiery deaths of her 2 children

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – A federal jury has found a woman guilty of setting fire to her home and killing two of her children at Fort Campbell.

U.S. attorney’s office spokeswoman Stephanie Collins says the jury in Paducah, Ky., reached the verdict Thursday in the case of 32-year-old Billi Jo Smallwood after two hours of deliberations.

Smallwood was charged with malicious damage and destruction by fire to property owned by the United States resulting in deaths in the May 2007 blaze on the Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee border.

Nine-year-old Sam Fagan and 2-year-old Rebekah Smallwood died in the blaze. Smallwood’s husband, Army Spc. Wayne Smallwood, and their toddler daughter, Nevaeh, survived.

Smallwood’s trial had been delayed several times over evidentiary issues and appeals.

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