Youngstown man sentenced for setting fire to home to kill girlfriend

Ronald Magby will spend eight years in prison after pleading guilty to lesser charges

Ronald Magby was sentenced Wednesday in Mahoning County Court.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man who tried to kill his girlfriend by setting her house on fire last year will spend the next eight years behind bars.

Ronald Magby was sentenced Wednesday in Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas.

Prosecutors say he got angry with his then-girlfriend, beat her with a baseball bat and then bound her hands with plastic zip-ties. He then tried dowsing the bedroom with kerosene before lighting it on fire.

In the process, Magby set himself on fire and had third-degree burns. The woman was able to escape without injuries.

He was charged with aggravated arson and attempted murder, but pleaded guilty to lesser charges last month.

In court Wednesday, Magby apologized and asked for another chance.

“I just have so much remorse and so much pain and suffering from what I did, and what’s going on in my life now, and I just wanted to be accepted back into society as the person that I’ve always been,” he said.

But the judge said Magby already had a history of violence before the fire was set, saying had the victim not been able to press a panic alarm on the home’s security system, the incident could have ended as a murder-suicide.

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