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Larimer County arson victim worried alleged culprit might not face prison

6:51 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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But the homeowner fears the alleged arsonist, 31-year-old Tandi McBlair, will not face prison time since she's now being directed to drug court.

"It's just unbelievable that somebody would just burn it up," said Lisa Gorham, whose home burned while she and other family members were out of town for the Christmas holiday in 2011.

The house sitter, hired by Gorham's then-husband, was a former colleague of his.

"And he did know she had a lot of personal issues," Gorham said.

Court documents show Tandi McBlair was a regular Oxycontin user at the time. She told a firefighter on scene, "I think I lit it," according to court papers.

McBlair was charged with first-degree arson, but her latest disposition is to apply for drug court, according to a spokesperson for the Larimer County District Attorney's office.

"I'm being told by the DA's office that she's probably not going to get any jail time. She's probably going to get probation," Gorham said.

Gorham insists this isn't about revenge. She says it's about the community knowing who McBlair is and what she is capable of.

"How can a dangerous person like that get away with it?" Gorham remarked.

Currently, McBlair is behind bars at the Larimer County jail for a DUI arrest earlier in 2012, which also was a bond violation in the arson case.

The DA's office says they can't comment on a pending case, but that they felt having Tandi McBlair apply for drug court was an "appropriate disposition."

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