MAN SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SETTING HIS GIRLFRIEND ON FIRE

 

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January 5, 2018

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MAN SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS IN PRISON FOR SETTING HIS GIRLFRIEND ON FIRE

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, District Attorney George Gascón announced that Dexter Oliver, age 27, of San Francisco, was sentenced to 27 years in state prison for setting his girlfriend, Starr Lamare, on fire.  Mr. Oliver pled guilty yesterday to attempted murder with an allegation for causing great bodily injury and admitted to having a strike prior.

“Burning an innocent woman for breaking up with you is absolute cowardice,” said District Attorney George Gascón.  “Domestic violence will never be tolerated, but what this man did is vindictive and highly disturbing.”

Based on court records, on January 6, 2013, Defendant Oliver and Ms. Lamare were involved in an argument about their dating relationship. Ms. Lamare told Defendant Oliver to leave. She then walked to a local laundromat a few blocks away to do her laundry.

After Ms. Lamare left, two witnesses sitting in a parked car directly across from her home saw Defendant Oliver step outside of the house and fill two Pedialyte bottles with gasoline from a five gallon container located at the foot of the stairs leading into Ms. Lamare’s home. Defendant Oliver then returned to the house, where another witness saw him put on a pair of jeans over his pajamas. He then walked out of the house in the direction of the laundromat. With him, Defendant Oliver carried the two Pedialyte bottles filled with gasoline.

After Defendant Oliver arrived at the laundromat, he and Ms. Lamare continued to argue. When Ms. Lamare told Defendant Oliver that she no longer wanted to be in a dating relationship with him, he took out the bottles of gasoline and began pouring the liquid over her head, face, and upper body. He then took out a lighter and set her on fire.

Defendant Oliver watched Ms. Lamare’s head, face, and chest burn, making no effort to aid her. He then took her purse and fled the scene.  While on fire, Ms. Lamare ran home, where paramedics arrived several minutes later and attempted to control her burning. Ms. Lamare identified Defendant Oliver as the person responsible for her violent attack before being transported to the hospital where she was treated for injuries. She sustained third-degree burns to her face, head, chest, shoulders, and hands, and subsequently underwent numerous surgeries, including reconstructive surgery.

Defendant Oliver was arrested the following day in Oakland where he was hiding in a hotel room registered under a woman’s name with whom he’d had a prior relationship.

“He’ll have a long time to reflect on his heinous act,” said Assistant District Attorney Sam Totah after the sentencing hearing.

The Honorable Rene Navarro presided.  This successful prosecution is the result of an excellent investigation conducted by San Francisco Police Department Inspector John Keane of the Special Victims Unit.  Special thanks also goes to Victim Advocate Karima Baptiste.  Assistant District Attorney Sam Totah prosecuted the case.

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