Man who killed woman and burned down home gets 40 years

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — A man who admitted to strangling a woman to death and then setting a Dripping Springs house on fire pleaded guilty on Thursday.

Joseph Carnahan, 56, now faces 40 years in prison for the murder of 23-year-old Misty Lynn Bedell.

In a plea deal, Carnahan was sentenced to 40 in prison for murder, 40 years for arson an four years for endangering a child. He will serve the sentence concurrently.

When fire and police officials responded to 31305 Ranch Road 12 on Dec. 16, 2012 for a report of a structure fire, they found Bedell dead inside the home.

After an investigation, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office detained Carnahan, an acquaintance of Bedell , for endangering a child and first-degree arson. Information provided to authorities showed Carnahan ordered two boys to remove property from the home while it was on fire .

An autopsy performed on Jan. 9, 2013, showed Bedell’s death was a homicide and that she died as a result of strangulation.

A Hays County Grand Jury indicted Carnahan with the murder on April 3.

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