Mother convicted of setting fire that killed her children

Published: Jun. 29, 2012 at 2:52 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 5, 2012 at 4:02 AM EDT
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Billi Jo Smallwood
Billi Jo Smallwood

FORT CAMPBELL, KY (WAVE) – A mother has been convicted of setting a fire in a home at Fort Campbell that killed her two young children.

A federal jury found Billi Jo Smallwood guilty of maliciously setting the fire that killed Sam Fagan, 9, and Rebekah Smallwood, 2.

Smallwood was married to a former soldier who was stationed at the post in 2007 where they family lived.

Lawyers argued that she started the fire to kill her husband, Wayne Smallwood, to get out of a difficult marriage and collect on his $400,000 life insurance policy.

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