Susan Lukjan accepts plea deal in sentencing

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by Karma Dickerson

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 21, 2013 at 10:36 AM

Updated Friday, Jun 21 at 5:25 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Susan Lukjan, the woman convicted of intentionally burning down her St. Matthews business, Campbell’s Gourmet Cottage in 2006, may be sentenced to 5 years probation in a plea agreement reached Friday morning that would keep her from spending more time in jail.

As part of that plea deal, Lukjan has agreed not to appeal her conviction.

Lukjan was found late Thursday night in a Jefferson County courtroom.

This was Lukjan’s second trial. She was found guilty in the first one, but that conviction was overturned on appeal. This time around, she was convicted on charges of arson, burning personal property to defraud insurer, and insurance fraud.

Lukjan hugged family and friends as she left the courtroom after the verdict. She had a few harsh words about the legal process.

“It’s nothing but a game. Who plays the best cards and who can out deceive the other and it’s nothing but a deception. It’s pitiful,” Lukjan said.

This second trial was supposed to be a chance for Lukjan to clear her name after her first conviction was overturned. “Not only now has the jury found her guilty once, but twice of arson,” Hulbert said after the verdict was read Thursday. “She committed these offenses and didn’t want to take responsibility, so the only defense she had was to blame law enforcement, blame everyone else. But, the jury said no, you need to be responsible and they found her guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

The judge will make a formal sentence on August 6, 2013.

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