Man convicted of setting his grandmother on fire has been sentenced to life in prison

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The Utica man convicted of setting his grandmother on fire has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Andre J. Anderson, 24, was sentenced by County Court Judge Michael L. Dwyer Monday to life in prison without parole on two counts of first-degree murder, court officials said. Anderson was also sentenced to 25 years to life in prison on a charge of first-degree arson, and 25 years in prison on a charge of second-degree arson.

The sentences will be served concurrently.

Utica Police said Anderson attacked his 68-year-old grandmother, Freddie McKinney, with a knife at her West Street residence at about 8:50 p.m. Jan. 20. Police said Anderson then doused his grandmother in gasoline and set both her and her house on fire before he left. Police said the grandmother was hospitalized for multiple burns, then died several days later at University Hospital in Syracuse.

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