Seattle nightclub arsonist gets 10 years in prisonJuly 31, 2014 @ 5:20 pm
SEATTLE (AP) -- A man who set fire to a crowded Seattle nightclub on New Year's Eve has been sentenced to 10 years in prison -- twice what prosecutors asked.
No one was injured when 31-year-old Musab Mohammed Masmari ignited gasoline in a stairwell at Neighbors, a gay nightclub.
Masmari was arrested a month later as he prepared to leave the country. He apologized in a statement to the court and said he doesn't remember his actions because he blacked out after drinking a bottle of cheap whiskey.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys agreed to recommend a sentence of no more than five years after Masmari pleaded guilty to arson in U.S. District Court.
The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/OOD1ne ) that Judge Ricardo Martinez said Thursday that while Masmari's intentions could not be proven as a hate crime, "common sense tells us exactly what was on Mr. Masmari's mind when he set that fire."
Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com
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