Southern Illinois man convicted of burning girlfriend

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BENTON, Ill. (AP) – A southern Illinois judge on Tuesday convicted a West Frankfort man of setting his girlfriend on fire.

Christopher Rollins, 30, was accused of dousing Tessa Leech with cleaning solvent and setting her ablaze after Rollins said she was being unfaithful. Leech survived but sustained burns over much of her body.

“God have mercy on your soul because the devil sure won’t,” Leech said Tuesday. “That’s what I would like to say to him.”

Rollins waived his right to trial by jury and had a one-day bench trial earlier this month. His sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 18. He has been in custody at the Franklin County jail since he was arrested in August 2012.