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Man who set ex-house on fire says his plea deal ‘sends wrong message to criminals’

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A convicted felon who burned down his ex-girlfriend’s house said he “shouldn’t be out now” and has blasted the US justice system after being sentenced to six months in prison

A man who set his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire out of anger said he shouldn’t have received a plea for a reduced sentence – because he sets a bad example for other criminals.

Luther Trent of Baltimore, Maryland, pleaded guilty to first-degree arson when he set fire to former partner Alexis’ house while her roommates were inside.

But he says he was originally charged with 18 different counts, including three counts of attempted manslaughter, before he was offered a bargain by prosecutors in which he received a reduced sentence in exchange for a guilty plea.

Trent, who has now been released from prison after serving less than six months, says “he shouldn’t be out now” because he has “traumatized” and “interrupted” his life.

He told Fox 25 News: “Personally yes I want to be out but in principle no I shouldn’t be out because I could have done a lot more damage than I did. I expected to get time; People who have been in this situation should expect to be given time.”

Adding to the message these deals send to would-be criminals, Trent said, “It tells everyone, ‘I can shoot someone or I can try to shoot someone and I’ll be fine.

“It would empower me because I would say, okay, this man just shot someone, just blew their head off, and he’s just walking loose. I can do what I want. I can rob someone, I can shoot someone, I can do whatever I want.”

Victim Alexis, meanwhile, claimed that she only received a “politeness” call from prosecutors to tell her that the deal with her attacker was being closed and that her objections were ignored.

In a statement, the Maryland prosecutor said the settlement was reached due to Trent’s lack of criminal background.

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