YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The man convicted of a plan to burn down his Boardman restaurant is getting out of jail early.
Less than five months into his year-long sentence, Raj Ingle asked a Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas judge for early release, saying that he has had several heart attacks while incarcerated. His attorneys told the court that doctors diagnosed Ingle with high blood pressure and diabetes and said he is too sick to be in jail.
A judge sentenced Raj Ingle to one year in jail on arson and fraud charges for burning down the Spice of India restaurant that he owned in 2013. At the time, Ingle owed thousands in back taxes and rent.
Visiting Judge Thomas Pokorny told Ingle on Monday that he needed to be punished.
“To provide you as an example to other people that this type of behavior will not be tolerated in the community,” he said.
Ingle owes $190,000 in restitution, and prosecutors said he has not paid any of it. The defendant’s lawyer told the judge that Ingle was prepared to make that first payment — something the landlord was willing to accept.
“I’m gonna do my best to pay this restitution,” Ingle said in court.
The judge agreed to let Ingle out of prison early, placing him on probation for the next five years. Pokorney also ordered him to get a job and continue making monthly payments until the the full restitution is made.
“You cannot walk away from it, because it will be considered a violation of the terms of your community control sanction,” Judge Pokorny said.
Pokorney said failure to pay the restitution could lead to Ingle’s incarceration once again.