QUEENSBURY — A Glens Falls woman who doused a back entrance to a South Street building before setting it ablaze is headed to state prison after pleading guilty to a felony arson count.
Ashley M. Overstrom, 31, pleaded guilty to third-degree arson for the early morning blaze March 21 at 59 South St., which houses The Daily Double, Tri-County Cab and numerous apartments.
She likely faces 4 to 8 years in state prison when sentenced Sept. 26 in Warren County Court.
Police said Overstrom and a friend had been thrown out of the bar hours earlier, and returned with a can of gasoline around 4 a.m. It was splashed in a vestibule and ignited.
There were residents who were home in their apartments on the upper floors at the time, many of them asleep. The fire charred the outside of the building, but Glens Falls firefighters were able to keep it from causing extensive damage. The bar was closed for at least two days, however.
Overstrom entered a so-called Alford Plea before Warren County Judge John Hall last week, in which she acknowledges there was evidence to convict her and she pleads guilty, but she does not admit the underlying allegations.
Her lawyer, Tucker Stanclift, said his client acknowledged she was at the fire scene and there was evidence to implicate her, but “claimed she was not the person who started the fire.”
“In good conscience, she could not say she started the fire,” he said.
Police said Overstrom and the friend who was with her, who was not charged or publicly identified, had been drinking before being thrown out of the bar, and the fire was believed to be retaliation.
“She didn’t know there was anybody in the building at the time,” Stanclift said.
Overstorm has a prior felony conviction, a 2016 conviction in Saratoga County for criminal sale of a controlled substance, which mandates she be sent to prison for subsequent Penal Law felonies within 10 years.