A jury convicted an Elkhart man who attempted to light his wife on fire Thursday.
Larry Haines Sr., 47, Elkhart was convicted in four of five counts charged against him in Elkhart Superior Court 2. The charges consisted of two counts felony burglary, attempted arson, intimidations with a deadly weapon and battery with a deadly weapon. The charges were from an incident May 16, 2013, when Haines broke into the Best Avenue trailer home of his wife, whom he has been separated since 2009.
At the trial, Jeanie Haines testified that her estranged husband kicked in her door, spraying lighter fluid throughout her trailer and attempting to click the switch of a hand-held propane torch. Her cornered her in her bedroom and dousing her body and nightgown with the same lighter fluid. While he clicked the torch, she observed sparks coming from the end of it and heard him say, “See how easy it is for me to kill you.” She says she managed to break free from Haines and ran out the trailer to see assistance from available neighbors, who were not home at the time. She continued to run across Mishawaka Road to a friend on Woodrow Street who call 9-1-1.
The sentence hearing for Haines is scheduled for April 14 at 8:30 a.m. and based on the charges, he faces a sentence up to 108 years in prison.
Elkhart man shot
Elkhart police were called to a fight at 290 W. Hively at 9 p.m. Thursday. A caller said a gun shot was heard. Upon arrival, police found Tyrone Robert Morris, 25, Elkhart with an injury consistent with a gunshot wound. The wound is not life threatening and Morris is being treated at South Bend Memorial Hospital. The case remains under investigation.
• Jamie Smith of Middlebury told Elkhart County police Wednesday about receiving a collection notice for cable television service she did not authorize. The incident occurred sometime Feb. 15.