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Cameo Crispi sentenced to probation for bacon-fueled blaze

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VERNAL — A woman has been sentenced to probation and ordered to pay a fine for setting fire to her ex-boyfriend's home in March 2014 with a pound of burning bacon and hot coals from a wood stove.

A judge ordered Cameo Adawn Crispi to serve concurrent terms of one year in jail for reckless burning, one year in jail for attempted assault by a prisoner and three months in jail for intoxication, then suspended the sentences. Crispi, 32, was placed on court probation for 18 months and ordered to pay a $500 fine.

In plea agreement documents filed in November, Crispi admitted she put a pound of bacon on a cookie sheet on March 14, 2014, set the cookie sheet on top of the gas stove inside her ex-boyfriend's house and turned the burner to "high."

"The bacon was burned and smoking badly" when Naples police responded to the house at the request of Crispi's ex-boyfriend, according to court records. The man, who was not home at the time, called police after receiving 15 calls and text messages from Crispi in less than an hour, officers said.

The first officer to reach the house said Crispi was obviously impaired and there was smoke coming out the front door.

"I asked to come in and observed a wood stove left open with a fire burning inside and hot coals on the floor around the stove," the officer wrote, noting that he also found the bacon burning on the kitchen stove.

The fire was extinguished and Crispi was arrested after a brief struggle with officers. Her blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.346, court records show, which is more than four times the legal limit for impairment in Utah.

Since entering her guilty plea, Crispi has completed six months of inpatient substance abuse treatment, according to her attorney. As part of her probation, she is barred from possessing or consuming alcohol.

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