Meade County Man Convicted For Trying To Murder His Wife

By Casey Wheeless | 

A Meade County man has been found guilty of drugging his wife, then leaving her inside their home to burn to death.

Alan D. Bruner, 41 of Brandenburg has been found guilty of arson 1st degree, attempted murder of his wife, Holly Bruner, and fraudulent insurance acts over $500.

On February 12, 2011 Alan Bruner put the drug, Ambien into his wife’s system by mixing the drug into her pancakes.

After his wife was incapacitated, he took his two small children, ages 3 and 3 weeks, and loaded them into a car.

He returned to the residence and ignited 3 separate fires in the home while his wife slept.

He then left with his children while his residence burned.

The fire was discovered by a neighbor when the garage door was shorted out by the fire.

The fire department rescued Holly Bruner.

She was transported and treated for smoke inhalation at Hardin Memorial Hospital.

Alan Bruner was seen leaving the residence approximately 4 minutes prior to the fire being discovered.

The Meade County Fire Department and the Muldraugh Fire Department responded to the scene.

The jury recommended a sentence of 20 years on the Arson 1st, 10 years on the Attempted Murder and 1 year on the Fraudulent Insurance Acts, all to run consecutive for a total of 31 years.

Final sentencing is scheduled for October 25, 2012.

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