By Will E Sanders
TROY — A Troy man who entered a car dealership where his car had been taken for repairs and intentionally lit it on fire begged a judge for mercy at his sentencing hearing Monday in common pleas court.
But the mercy Richard C. Eaton, 52, sought was not given by Judge Robert Lindeman who sentenced Eaton to 17 months in prison for his conviction of arson, a fourth-degree felony that carried a maximum sentence of 18 months.
Eaton apologized for the arson at the hearing, saying he was distraught at the time for a number of reasons.
“I guess I quit caring about my life,” Eaton told the judge. “I apologize to Joe Johnson Chevrolet for my actions. I can’t make an excuse for it. There is no excuse for it.”
Authorities said that on Nov. 6 Eaton was captured on surveillance entering the dealership, located at 1375 S. Market St., Troy, and used paper towels to start a slow-burn fire underneath the driver’s side wheel well of a 1999 Cadillac he owned.
The vehicle was taken to the dealership for several repairs that were never made, according to police reports.
As a result of the arson fire another vehicle, a 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe, also caught fire and both vehicles sustained “extensive fire damage,” reports state.
The prosecution asked for a maximum sentence and noted that Eaton has been related to a series of suspicious fires in his lifetime. No other details were given.
Lindeman said that after insurance claims a total restitution amount of $9,436.28 was listed and that Eaton would need to make full restitution in the case.
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