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Man charged after allegedly setting wife on fire

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David Garnett Jr. (Source: Village of Holly Police Dept.) David Garnett Jr. (Source: Village of Holly Police Dept.)
HOLLY, MI (WNEM) -

A man has been arraigned after allegedly dousing his wife in gasoline and setting her on fire.

Chief Michael Story with the Village of Holly Police Department said his officers received a call just before 7 a.m. Monday, Feb. 5 about reports of a domestic assault and fire at a trailer park in the 4000 block of Grand Hall Road. 

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When officers arrived they learned the victim, 56-year-old Rebecca Garnett, from Holly, dove out a window and ran to a neighbor's house after her husband, David Garnett Jr., allegedly drenched her in gasoline and lit her on fire. 

The 55-year-old Holly man was barricaded in the home when officers arrived, Story said. 

"My officers did a very credible job. He was barricaded in the home and within five minutes of talking to him the guy opened the door,” Story said. 

Police took the husband into custody. He was arraigned on a charge of assault with intent to murder and arson in the first degree, both punishable by up to life behind bars.

The woman was taken to a nearby hospital with second and third-degree burns, she was released on Feb. 7. 

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