Teen Gets 17 Years For Setting 3-Year-Old Girl On Fire

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (CBS) — A teenager from Aurora was sentenced to 17 years in prison last week, for setting his 3-year-old niece on fire and leaving her with third-degree burns.

Raymundo Herrera, 18, pleaded guilty in Kane County Court Friday to heinous battery. He agreed to the 17-year sentence, the Kane County state’s attorney’s office said.

On Oct. 5, 2009, Herrera, of the 1200 block of Grove Street in Aurora, was apparently upset that his niece interrupted him when he was listening to music. So he sprayed lighter fluid on her and lit her on fire.

Herrera had been upstairs in the home with his niece, police said. After a short time, the girl ran down the stairs with her clothing on fire.

Two of the girl’s female relatives, ages 19 and 50, extinguished the flames and called 911.

The girl suffered third-degree burns over 18 percent of her body, police said. She was taken to Rush-Copley Medical Center, then flown to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. She was initially listed in critical condition, but she did survive.

Police said Herrera left the home after relatives called 911 that evening, but was found by two of his family members walking in the neighborhood. He was brought back to the home and then arrested, police said.

He has since been held on $3 million bond.

Herrera had only been living at the home for a few weeks at the time of the incident and did not live there permanently.

Neighbors said the family was very nice and the girl with long, pretty hair was always smiling before the fire.

Herrera must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence. He will receive credit for 621 days he has already served in jail, according to court records. Herrera also faced attempted murder and aggravated domestic battery charges which were dropped Monday, according to court records.

Herrera also faced felony criminal damage to government property charges for allegedly damaging the fire sprinkler system in his jail cell. Those charges were dropped Friday, according to court records.

The Aurora Beacon-News contributed to this report, via the Sun-Times Media Wire

  • Mr. Justice

    What a punk! Glad he will be serving time. Wish it had been twice as long. He is paying the consequences for his actions. I hope the little girl will fully recover and the skin grafts are helpful.

    • Avg Joe

      Another “dream act ” ( ILLEGAL Invader) out having fun, staeling cars and driving like they are on poncho papa’s burro…This is one way to deport them,….leeches!



  • FHS

    This is just partially his fault, irrational thinking, but his anger is mostly learned, not genetic, so a probable cause of this kid’s anger came from seeing/experiencing domestic violence or other violence on the street. Possibly he’s seen too many movies, either way, it’s the parenting he’s received that made him a thug.

    • Arjay

      Yeah,let’s send him for “counseling” rather than to jail. BS! Whether or not his anger was learned, there is a thing called free will and this guy made the choice to burn his niece. I can’t believe he’s only getting 17 years! I hope he is gang raped daily in prison. And FHS, maybe you can do some research into what made him a thug. Personally,I don’t care what made him so. I just believe he should be treated as such.

    • Mr. Justice

      @ FHS…..Are you kidding me? This is only “partially his fault” is some of the dumbest comments I have ever read. Perhaps he learned some behavior, but HE made the decision to set his niece on fire. No, he is responsible for his own actions. Just as a drunk is response for his/her actions when drinking. Obviously, you are one of those puking liberals who wants to place the blame on parents, society, lack of work, etc. You are an idiot!

      • Larry

        Agreed, FHS is an idiot.

  • Dan Fielding

    17 years, ARE YOU KIDDING ME ?????
    This PUNK needs to spend the rest of his useless life in prison with no chance of parol

    • I'm juss sayin'

      RIGHT!!! But slap that smug smile off his face and then set him on fire. He’s a disgusting punk.

    • Bill

      Our criminal justice system is so messed up. Violent offenders should do the most time. Starting with murder, rape, and aggrevated assault. Drug offenders and white collar criminals like Bernie Madoff should be toward the bottom of the list. Why would we unleash violent offenders back into society, while non violent offenders just take up prison space?

  • Enrico Martinez Gonzalez Sanchito

    What the hell is this sh!t Mexican’s immigration status??!

  • Nick Thompson

    Execute the little puke.

  • retiredinAz1

    Hope he gets burned all 17 years!

  • Right

    Obviously he has mental problems. No one in their right mind would do that to a child family member.

    • Mr. Justice

      Mental problems? Are you a psychiatrist or psychologist? I doubt it. No, he does not have mental problems. He made a choice and now he lives with the consequences. Why do you stinking puking liberals always stand up for the pervert, thug, murder, etc.? Why don’t you think about the little girl he burned that will be scarred for the rest of her life? Show some compassion to her you idiot!

  • Rafael

    17 years that’s all for lighting a person on fire. I guess leftist have advanced our country some much that this POS is not getting the electric chair. That is where our society is headed. But, we shouldn’t worry i’m sure he’ll be able to complete his HS diploma while in prison, have access to a college education, cable, internet, porn, conjugal visit, and thanks to the supreme court plenty of living space; or he’ll even get out earlier. Like that, in 17 years you won’t even mind if he’s your next door neighbor after he is thoroughly reformed.

  • Voter X

    He ”ll be flaming in the joint.

  • freedom fighter

    he must have a lot of hate in his heart to do something like this to a little girl no matter how spoiled she is to be burned well he should be burned to show how that little girl felt. this is so sick .

  • TJefferson

    Why were the felony criminal damage charges dropped? That could have added on another year.


    I hope bubba burns his ass for the next 17yrs or they beat this prick to death.

  • GR

    12 years, 9 months- that’s how soon he could get out with “good behavior” (of course he’ll behave, there are no little girls to set on fire in prison), given the 85% sentence and credit for time served. As if 17 years weren’t already insufficient.

    The legal system is apaprently designed to coddle the offender. If he was sentenced to 17 years, he should serve that long and not a moment less. And credit for time served is absurd. The time he’s served was not part of his sentence, it was in lieu of bail.

    I hope the girl is well and not suffering any debilitating injuries, I guess it depends on where she was burned. And I sincerely hope he ends up in general population, and they know why he’s there. He’s skinny and smooth-skinned, he should be quite popular with some of the larger, gruffer inmates.

    Enjoy your time, Rey, and may every moment of pain and torment you suffer remind you of what a waste of oxygen you are.

  • Shadowrider

    If he was from my family and did this to a member of our family. I Would have done the same thing to him. and left him to run around on fire. This man is a total animal and deserves no better than what he did.

  • bitney

    i hope they do this and more to him in jail!!!!!!!!!!!!!SADLY HE MIGHT GET LESS TIME THAN ROD BLOGOYAVEICH!!

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