The Daily Jeffersonian, Cambridge, Ohio
Jun. 14—A Cambridge man convicted of arson after setting his Jefferson Avenue home on fire with a woman inside has been sentenced to 3 to 4 1/2 years in prison by Guernsey County Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel G. Padden.
William Lee Mason Sr., 53, received the prison term Friday in accordance with a sentence recommendation by the Guernsey County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.
The woman was not injured when Mason ignited the blaze on May 31, 2020.
The complaint against Mason alleged he used an accelerant before igniting the fire. The house suffered significant smoke and water damage.
Mason was indicted by a Guernsey County Common Pleas Court grand jury on first- and second-degree felony aggravated arson counts on July 20 of last year.
While the case was pending, the court declared Mason was not competent to stand trial based on an evaluation report by Dr. Jamie C. Adkins.
Mason was later restored to competency while being treated at Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare.
The determination Mason was competent to stand trial was issued by Dr. William Miller, a forensic psychiatrist with Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare.
In his report, Miller said Mason is “capable of understanding the nature and objective of the proceedings against him and assisting his counsel.”
On April 19, Mason entered a negotiated guilty to one count of aggravated arson, and was convicted of the second-degree felony.
The first-degree felony charge of aggravated arson was dismissed at the sentencing hearing.
The individual who called 911 to report the fire told a dispatcher that it was Mason who ignited the blaze.
Mason is required to register with the Ohio Arson Registry for the remainder of his life.
Mason was given credit for time served in the Guernsey County Jail while the case was pending. He remains incarcerated in the county jail awaiting transport to the Orient Reception Center to begin serving his prison sentence.
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