Woman convicted in Jack B. Nimble arson released from prison

Claudette Hulsey

Claudette Hulsey, 47, was released from the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) last Friday, nine months into her 18 month prison sentence for Arson and Insurance Fraud after earning credit for good time, according to Clark Newsom with SCDC.

Last May, a jury convicted Hulsey of setting fire to her Jack B. Nimble clothing store in January 2011 to defraud the insurance company.

She told police two men robbed and assaulted her before they burned her store and left her to die.

Hulsey's report of the crime caused many in downtown Hartsville to fear for their safety.

As a result, police increased patrols and the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce offered a reward of more than $20,000 for information leading to an arrest.

Hulsey has always maintained her innocence.

She has been placed on probation. The terms of that probation haven't been released.