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Ladson man sentenced to 30 years for beating, setting girlfriend on fire

Christopher Holmes

A Ladson man will spend 30 years in prison for the beating and burning of his girlfriend last spring.

Christopher Holmes, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to attempted murder and domestic violence charges.

Officials say there were altercations between he and his then girlfriend on March 27, 2017 and again on April 4, 2017 at homes in Ladson.

The April incident began with Holmes accusing the woman of stealing his money. It escalated to the point of her being doused with lighter fluid and lit on fire as she attempted to leave the home.

Early in the case Holmes argued the woman's burns were a result of a meth fire. He said the second and third degree burns on 30 percent of her body would have been worse if he hadn't intervened. Officials say investigators believed otherwise after intercepting jail mail sent from Holmes to witnesses, asking them to change their stories.

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