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Waterloo woman found guilty of arson

Following an hour of deliberation Friday afternoon, a Seneca County jury convicted a Waterloo woman of setting her Inslee Street home on fire in February 2017.

Diana Fegley was found guilty of third-degree arson during a trial in county court. Judge Dennis Bender scheduled sentencing for June 4.

Fegley, a retired supervisor with the county Division of Human Services, testified on the final day of the trial. She admitted arguing with her estranged husband, Andrew — who was living on East Kendig Street — on the day of the Feb. 22 fire and the day before, and contacting Waterloo police both days about getting her husband’s many guns out of the Inslee Street house.

“I didn’t want them there. I don’t like guns,” she said. “If we got into a heated argument, I didn’t want them there.”

During previous testimony, police said they asked Andrew Fegley to remove some of the guns and he did — with police present — while Diana was gone. She returned while they were there.

“I wanted to make sure he wasn’t taking my stuff,” she said.

The fire broke out about 45 minutes after the police and Andrew Fegley left. Diana Fegley testified that she was suffering from a migraine headache and laid down in a chair, with her dog, and pulled blankets over her head.

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