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Susan Lukjan sentenced for second conviction of arson

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Susan Lukjan during her August 6, 2013 sentencing. Susan Lukjan during her August 6, 2013 sentencing.
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Assist ant Commonwealth Attorney Leland Hulbert Assist ant Commonwealth Attorney Leland Hulbert

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The woman convicted of setting fire to her business in 2006 was sentenced Tuesday.

Susan Lukjan agreed to a 15 year sentence and to waive the right to appeal on the terms that the Commonwealth would recommend five years probation with credit for the six months served in prison. Lukjan, who owned Campbell's Gourmet Cottage on Sherrin Lane in St. Matthews at the time it burned, said she thought the system failed her.

"I used to think naively that our system was about justice and finding the truth," said Lukjan. "I understand now it's about who can outwit and maneuver the other."

"I disagree with the result," said Thomas Clay, Lukjan's attorney. "I'm not saying she got an unfair trial but I certainly don't agree with the result."

Assist ant Commonwealth Attorney Leland Hulbert said the court was fair.

"Certainly in this country everyone prides themselves on being innocent until proven guilty and she was proven guilty, twice," said Hulbert, the man who prosecuted the cases against Lukjan.

"We made a deal because Susan didn't want to run the risk of going back to prison and if she hadn't accepted this deal, the Commonwealth was going to object her probation, which could have meant that she would return to prison," Clay said.

Lukjan, who now owns the food truck, One Hot Tamale, said she accepted the sentence deal because her family needs her.

"Being with my kids is to me, the most important thing," said Lukjan. "My mother's health is bad, the cancer has come back, and I wouldn't want anything to happen if I was away."

Lukjan maintains her innocence.

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