Safyre Terry’s mother sentenced for 2013 arson

Courtesy of Safyre's page on Facebook.

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A woman who pleaded guilty to lying about a fire that killed several of her children and their father was sentenced in court to 11 years in jail on Monday.

Jennica Duell, the mother of Schenectady’s Super Survivor, Safyre Terry, was charged with lying about the 2013 arson on Hulett Street in Schenectady.

Safyre Terry

The prosecution was pushing for Duell to spend 15 years behind bars. The defense? They’re asking that she only get five years with credit for time she already served.

No one has been charged in actually setting the deadly fire, but Media General contributors were there back in May when Duell admitted to lying before a grand jury about what happened that night.

She first told investigators who she was with, who bought the gasoline and set the fire and why.

A year later, she retracted those statements, saying she was never in Schenectady that night to begin with. It was that original testimony that put an innocent man behind bars for nine months.

In the documents contributors got a hold of, Duell’s lawyer writes that Edward Leon, the man also accused of perjury in this case, was sentenced to 10 years.


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