The Nevada woman who allegedly set fire to her mobile home last September and fled while leaving animals in the home pleaded guilty, according to Story County Attorney Jessica Reynolds.
Erica Renee Tinnermeier, 33, pleaded guilty Monday to second-degree arson, a class C felony.
In addition to the arson charge, Tinnemeier was also originally charged with animal neglect for allegedly leaving her animals in the home while she fled, but that charge was dropped.
Tinnermeier’s trial was originally set for Dec. 12, then delayed until Jan. 23, before entering the guilty plea in early January.
According to the Nevada Public Safety Department, firefighters responded to a blaze at Tinnermeier’s home at 515 W. N. Ave., lot No. 8, in the Knoll Ridge mobile home park on Sept. 21. Firefighters and neighbors rescued the animals from the cages and the animals were safe.
Authorities announced early on in the investigation that the fire had been intentionally set, and evidence gathered at the scene was sent to the state crime lab for analysis.
Tinnermeier’s sentencing date is set for April 9.