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Burned ex pleads guilty to arson charges after Pinewood Manor Motel fire

An Ontario County woman pleaded guilty to arson charges and agreed to a sentence of three and a half years in state prison for trying to burn out her ex.

On Wednesday, Cheryl Buckley, 60, pleaded guilty to second-degree arson for starting a fire at the Pinewood Manor Motel on County Road 50 in Canandaigua last September. She will be sentenced at a later date.

According to statements, Buckley poured gas on her ex’s door and the building and lit it on fire. A quick response by Canandaigua and Canandaigua VA firefighters extinguished the fire. No one was seriously injured. Buckley herself suffered burns from the incident.

During the proceeding, Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts said he did not want her out on bail due to mental health issues.

Her defense attorney, Brian Leeds from the Ontario County Public Defender’s Office, asked for her to be released to get her “affairs in order,” including her Social Security benefits, prior to starting her sentence.

“My greater concern is her mental health and her hurting herself,” said Ritts. “There are some mental health issues here.”

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