Box Elder man jailed after setting fire to home - KOTA Territory News

Victim: My boyfriend was trying to kill me



The Box Elder woman whose mobile home was destroyed by fire, says her boyfriend started the fire because he was trying to kill her.

Corrie Roberts Stone says her and her boyfriend, 29-year-old Joseph Hodges, got in a fight.  She says her ex-husband came over to help her pack her belongings.  Hodges was allegedly upset and threatened her ex-husband.  She said he then proceeded to pour kerosene around the mobile home before starting it on fire.

Hodges was arrested, but not for attempted murder. Captain Marty Graves with the Pennington County Sheriff's Office says investigators feel first degree arson and reckless burning are the only appropriate charges at this time.

Captain Graves says they're continuing to investigate.

No one was injured in the fire.


A Box Elder man is in jail after setting fire to his mobile home.

According to a news release from the Pennington County Sheriff's office, 29-year-old Joseph Hodges started the fire sometime before 6:00 a.m. Thursday.

His live-in girlfriend and another man were inside the home at the time. They were able to get out without injury.

The fire destroyed the home and damaged a nearby van. Hodges is charged with first degree arson and reckless burning.

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