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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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