A man who set fire to a home in Enchanted Lake received a 20-year sentence Tuesday.
According to court documents, Ozane Alexander Mosley Jr. was hired to remodel the home, but the real estate company in charge said the work was substandard and refused to pay.
On May 17, 2013, at around 10:30 p.m., the home went up in flames. Damage was estimated at $54,000.
In April, Mosley pleaded guilty to first-degree arson. Investigators say DNA linked him to the crime scene.
Deputy prosecutor Ronson Ibarra asked the judge for an extended sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole for “the protection of the public as the defender is a persistent offender,” as well as a mandatory minimum sentence of six years and eight months.
“The defendant was motivated to commit arson over a business dispute,” Ibarra said. “The defendant lied to the police about the arson and the arson damaged personal property and potentially endangered the residents of that neighborhood.”
The fire left Mosley, now 26 years old, with burns all over his body, including his arms, which were encased in protective gloves during his sentencing.
“I do know that his intention was never to hurt anyone. He was upset about what had happened with the company,” said deputy public defender Steven Nichols. “His burns over the majority of his body, his arms, his legs, his upper torso, that itself is punishment for his stupid actions, and a 20-year prison term is punishment enough for his stupid choices that night.”
While Judge Rom Trader granted the mandatory minimum sentence, he denied the extended sentence. “It’s going to be a long time before you’re going to be released on parole or any other status, Mr. Mosley, and so in that regard, the court believes that the sentence that is ordinarily required in this situation is more than adequate,” he said.
Mosley was apologetic when he addressed the judge Tuesday.
“I never meant to hurt nobody. I never meant to be who I am today but I am dealing with it,” he said. “I’m trying to work the best I can with it. I just hope that in the end, I don’t have to see this place again. You don’t have to see me again.”