Lawrenceburg woman gets 25 years for trying to kill grandmother

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The Lawrenceburg woman charged with trying to kill her grandmother by torching her house was sentenced last week in Circuit Court to 25 years in prison.
Cheryl Brogan, 43, was sentenced to 20 years on an amended charge of second-degree arson and five years for first-degree wanton endangerment. She was originally charged with first-degree arson and attempted murder.
Brogan, who was her bed-ridden grandmother’s primary caregiver, set ablaze her grandmother’s home at 309 Center St. last March before fleeing for Arkansas.
Firefighters were able to rescue the grandmother.
Brogan was arrested several days later in Arkansas after what court records say was a suicide attempt when, while drunk, she tried to drive her car into a bridge off Interstate 40 near Little Rock, Ark. She told state police officers there that she set her grandmother’s house on fire, according to court records, which also say she sent text messages to her grandmother’s daughter and her ex-husband, apologizing for what she did.
Court files indicate that suicide attempt was one of several, including last April when officers at the Franklin County Regional Jail found Brogan hanging from a bed sheet in her cell.
She has undergone several competency hearings since her arrest, including one that was scheduled in July.
According to court records, Brogan admitted to the Kentucky State Police that she set fire to socks in the Center Street home’s laundry room, as well as to the curtains and a pillow in her grandmother’s bedroom.
She then fled and wound up at a Walmart store in Arkansas, where she bought beer. She then parked at a Burger King to drink the beer before attempting to run into a bridge. She missed, and succeeded only in damaging her vehicle.
According to court records, the grandmother suffered from severe neglect at the time of the fire. After firefighters found her naked on her bedroom floor, they transported her to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. According to court documents, doctors there determined she suffered from severe neglect, was riddled with bedsores, dehydrated and had broken a hip that had started mending on its own.
The grandmother’s daughter called Brogan about a week before the fire, and told her she was coming to Lawrenceburg to check on her mother.
In a letter to Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman, Brogan says she is “remorseful” for what she did.
She said she was under a “lot of stress” at the time and was holding down a job in a local restaurant and was a school bus monitor.
She said her children will no longer speak with her, and that if she is sentenced to 35 years in prison, she will be 78 when she’s released.
“I throw myself on the mercy of the court,” she wrote. “I know my actions say different, but I do love my grandmother.”