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Woman was tired of people fighting over a house on an Indian Reservation. So she burned it down.

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Apr. 21 2021, Updated 2:32 p.m. ET

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A Montana woman faces life in prison after burning down a house on an Indian Reservation because she was tired of people fighting over it. 

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Vanessa Faith Prettyontop, also known as Vanessa Faith Gunshows, 34, pleaded guilty in federal court to arson, according to prosecutors. She will be sentenced at a later date and faces life in prison, along with a $250,000 fine.

On Oct. 3, 2020, Prettyontop started a fire at the home of a man identified as “John Doe” in court documents. The home was located on the Crow Indiana Reservation in Montana. 

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The homeowner had nearly finished repairs and planned to move in when Prettyontop set it on fire, according to prosecutors. She first tried to break in through the front door and then went in through the back door to start the blaze. 

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Prettyontop set a mattress on fire with a lighter and it spread to the rest of the house as she walked out of the front door, prosecutors noted. 

Soon after the fire, Prettyontop called 911 to turn herself in, according to prosecutors. She said she started the fire because she was tired of people fighting over the house. 

Prettyontop is set for sentencing on Aug. 19. 


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