WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who police say firebombed a pizzeria has been sentenced to six years in prison.
The Republican-American reports 25-year-old Scott Basile, of Wolcott, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to attempt to commit first-degree arson. As part of a plea deal, Basile will serve 14 years on parole following his release from prison.
Police were surveilling Fratelli’s Pizza in Waterbury in connection with fires at the restaurant when they saw Basile approaching the business. Basile fled police when he was approached. Police say he left a large propane tank and Molotov cocktails.
Police searched for Basile in Connecticut and New York before arresting him in New Jersey. Investigators believe Basile is responsible for five other fires.
Most Read Nation & World Stories
- Smollett developments leave some baffled, others outraged
- Obama quietly gives advice to 2020 Democrats, but no endorsement
- Alec Baldwin wonders whether Trump's 'SNL' attack poses 'a threat to my safety'
- Coalition of states sues Trump over national-emergency declaration to build border wall
- He threw away a napkin at a hockey game. It was used to charge him in a 1993 murder.
John Cizik, Basile’s attorney, said his client had been mentally ill.
Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com