Jason Allen Rose was sentenced Monday to 122 months in prison, the maximum sentence he could have received for setting the Boardwalk Apartments fire in 2005.
On May 11, a jury convicted the Lawrence man of setting the apartment fire that killed three and injured 17, but stopped short of convicting him of first-degree murder.
Rose was convicted of one count of involuntary manslaughter, one count of aggravated arson and seven counts of aggravated battery. Judge Jack A. Murphy agreed with the prosecution and granted the defense's request of serving the sentence concurrently.
Nicole Bingham, Yolanda Riddle and Jose Gonzalez died in the early morning blaze, which completely destroyed the 76-unit apartment complex.Rose, a former foster child, had moved out on his own just weeks before the fire was set.Four relatives of the victims provided statements to Judge Murphy, including especially emotional remarks made by the mother of Bingham and Gonzalez' sister, Maria.
She said her older brother, Jose, lived his life with no regrets.
"He was my best friend," Maria Gonzalez said. "Even though we have to move on, it's not something that we can overcome in a day."
Leigh McHatton, who survived the fire, also provided a statement to the judge.
"Our wounds and the wounds of our families are a constant reminder of what has taken place," a trembling McHatton told the judge.
Following Rose's departure from the courtroom, his attorney, Ron Evans, was signing paperwork to appeal.He declined further comment.
Rose faced a maximum sentence of 122 months in prison, although he will get credit for the 19 months he's already served in custody. He's also eligible for 15 percent off the sentence if he doesn't have disciplinary problems in prison.
Upon release, Rose will undergo a 36-month supervisory period.