Tara Andvik is on her way to a women's prison for 4 years
(WDAY TV) -- Despite sobbing before a judge today, Tara Andvik is on her way to a women's prison in Shakopee, Minnesota for nearly 4-years.
A jury this spring, convicted her of arson, after several were "set" at her farm near Barnesville. But for the first time since her arrest, we hear from Andvik as she asked the judge for leniency.
A court ordered psych evaluation has revealed Tara Andvik not only suffers from an addiction to prescription drugs, but personality disorders that led her to set fires that prosecutors today said she planned. Manipulation and constantly blaming others for the fires, followed. A behavior that she displayed up until her sentencing today.
Heidi Davies/Clay Co. Asst. Attorney: "I don't think we ever saw it stop. What is going to get her out of this situation, that situation."
The result, prosecutors say, she lost her husband, her children and her home.
In court today, Andvik sobbed as she apologized to her family and law enforcement.
"I did not intend for this to go this far." She said. "I am ashamed and have been publicly humiliated. I have shattered the lives of my children, she said. I am not a bad person, I made bad choices."
Steve Mottinger/Attorney for Andvik: "I would like to think this is a step in the right direction. But I hope this is a good start for her and she can work on some of these issues."
From the bench, Judge Mike Kirk told Andvik's behavior was dangerous to herself, her family and firefighters. Following sentencing, Kirk told Andvik he hopes she can address her demons and that she can get help in prison.
While sentencing Andvik to prison today, roughly 4-years, Judge Kirk said he hopes Andvik can pick up the pieces of her life. Your children need you to be an appropriate, sage and sober mother. A family that will suffer for a long time ,prosecutors said today, all because of revenge on a lover.
Once out of prison, Andvik will spend up to 20-years on probation. Judge Kirk also ordered Andvik to pay 13-thousand dollars in restitution to a Rothsay insurance company.