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Man sentenced to 80 years for threatening to set ex-wife on fire

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Larry Haines, Sr. (Courtesy: Elkhart County Sheriff's Department) Larry Haines, Sr. (Courtesy: Elkhart County Sheriff's Department)

An Elkhart man will spend 80 years in prison for breaking into his ex-wife's home, pouring lighter fluid on her, and threatening to set her on fire.

Larry Haines, Sr. was convicted of burglary, attempted arson, intimidation, and battery with a deadly weapon back in mid-March.  The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department says Haines broke into his ex-wife's home one night in May of last year.  She had a protection order in place against her ex-husband according to police.

In addition to threatening his ex-wife, prosecutors say Haines also stole the cremated remains of the victim's son and taunted her with them.  At trial, tapes and letters revealed Haines had threatened witnesses in an effort to have them give false testimony.

During sentencing, the prosecutor's office says Judge Bowers said Haines' acts "say a great deal about [his] depraved character, and indicate why society needs to be safe" from a person like him.

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