Wabash Avenue arsonist to be sentenced Monday morning
OTTUMWA, Iowa —
An Ottumwa man convicted of burning down his house will find out Monday how long he will spend in prison.
In February, Shane Ryan was convicted of arson, burglary and assault.
His hearing is set for 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 16.
The conviction stems from a June 2017 house fire on Wabash Avenue.
Ryan set his home on fire using diesel fuel.
His wife and step-daughter were inside the home at the time, and escaped.
However, the house was severely damaged.
Prosecutors charged Ryan with attempted murder.
During that week-long trial, he told jurors he meant to burn his house down, but had no intention of hurting his family.
The jury believed his testimony, and declined to convict on the murder charge.
But, the 42-year-old Ryan still faces significant jail time.
Wapello County Attorney Gary Oldenburger told KTVO at the time of the verdict, Ryan would likely be sentenced to 25-60 years.