Jennifer Pierce, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- A man with a criminal history is now accused of trying to kill his girlfriend. The woman was set on fire while she was sleeping.

Her boyfriend, Vincent Green, is now in the Oklahoma County jail facing multiple charges connected to the fire.

The victim, Sherrie Mead, has a long recovery ahead.

She has extensive burns to her legs and an arm. Her family says she is a strong woman, but now she's fighting for her life at the Integris Burn Center.

"They was always happy together," said Ben Mead, the victim's son. "I don't understand why he would be like that."

Ben Mead is shocked the man he thought he knew would be capable of hurting his mother.

He says Green was drinking when the couple got into a fight. Sherrie Mead tried to end the relationship.

"It was one of those things. He said if he couldn't have her, nobody could. Apparently she tried to go to sleep, said she was gonna leave the next day, and he set her on fire," Ben said.

Police say Sherrie tried to drive herself to the hospital. But was overcome with pain, and stopped for help.

Her boyfriend, Vincent was arrested a short time later.

Her landlord and good friend Antwone Brown is trying to clean up what is left of the house, so Sherrie has a place to stay once she gets out of the hospital.

"I just would like for her to have something to come back to and just to have the time to sit at home and not have to worry about things," Brown said.

Brown said Vincent also threatened to burn his house down. Friends and family now want justice for the woman they say never deserved such a vicious attack.

"Whatever he gets, it probably will never be enough," Brown said.

Sherrie's landlord is taking donations such as furniture, and material to help rebuild the house. He also plans to raffle off two cars to help raise money for Sherrie.

Green did serve six years in prison. Sherrie's family says they thought that was all behind him.

The Oklahoma City Fire Department's arson investigators are handling the case, Oklahoma City police are assisting.