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Florida Woman Burns Down 3,500-Year-Old Tree While High On Meth

| by Emily Smith

Florida woman Sara Barnes avoided jail time after she burned down a 3,500-year-old tree so she could see the methamphetamine she was trying to smoke.

"The Senator" was the fifth oldest tree in the world, standing at 125 feet high and 17 and a half feet in diameter. 

The tree went up in flames around 5:30 a.m. on January 16, 2012 after Barnes lit a fire inside of it. She admitted to frequently visiting the tree when she used meth and described herself as a "tree enthusiast."

Within hours, the tree was reduced to nothing but kindling.

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Police later found pictures of Barnes lighting the fire on her phone and laptop. She was arrested after bragging to friends that she had burned something down "older than Jesus."

Barnes pleaded no contest to unlawful burning of lands, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia. She will perform 250 hours of labor and pay more than $12,000 in restitution. 

Barnes has admitted to being a meth addict and plans to participate in drug counseling as part of her sentencing.

Sources: DailyMail, NY Daily News