Conn. man convicted of setting fiancee on fire to get new trial

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man locked up in prison for the past 14 years for setting his fiancee on fire in a Stamford park is facing a new trial.

Forty-one-year-old Kevin Epps was convicted of first-degree assault and kidnapping in 2004 and sentenced to 35 years in prison for the attack on the woman, who suffered severe scarring on her face, hands, and legs. But the state Supreme Court overturned the kidnapping conviction, saying the state law on kidnapping was overly broad.

The Advocate reports Epps pleaded not guilty Thursday to a new kidnapping charge filed by prosecutors. He remains in prison on the assault conviction.

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The woman said she was trying to give an engagement ring back to Epps when he choked her into unconsciousness, soaked her in gas and lit her on fire.