Man sentenced to 70 years in prison for setting a woman on fire in Cayce in 2019

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– A man convicted of setting a woman on fire has been sentenced to 70 years in prison. According to the 11th Circuit Solitictor’s Office, Robert Green was sentenced for the incident that took place in Cayce in 2019.

The victim also asked the solicitor’s office to share pictures of her before and after her injuries. She says she hopes the pictures will bring awareness to domestic violence.

Authorities say Robert Green’s trial lasted from April 5-9 and the jury found him guilty of both attempted murder and arson. Officials say he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempted murder and 40 years for arson, making a total of 70 years without parole.

Eleventh Circuit Solicitor Rick Hubbard called the case “an incredibly tragic and horrific crime of domestic violence.” Hubbard stated “this sentence sends a powerful message that crimes of brutality against women will not and cannot be tolerated in our community. No human being should ever experience violence of this nature. We appreciate the fine work of Cayce DPS and SLED throughout the investigation. Above all, we are encouraged by the victim’s spirit and fortitude in bringing her attacker to justice.”

On August 20, 2019, investigators say the victim was asleep in her residence when Green, whom she had a previous relationship, entered her bedroom. Officials say the victim woke up to Green pouring gasoline on her skin and clothes. When she attempted to get away, authorities say Green overpowered her and ignited the lighter in the victim’s face. Officials say the victim fled her home which became engulfed in flames, and went to her neighbor’s house for help. According to authorities, the victim suffered second and third degree burns on over 60% of her body, and she had to stay in the hospital for over four months, including time spent on a ventilator.

At Green’s trial, the victim testified, saying “no creature on this planet should go through or suffer in the manner that I, my family, and friends have.”


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