A man who set fire to his family's home in Tacoma last year while his wife and kids were inside has been sentenced.
As part of negotiations with Pierce County prosecutors, Kenneth Lewis Massey, 48, pleaded guilty last month to first-degree arson and three counts of second-degree assault.
On Thursday (June 7), Superior Court Judge Stephanie Arend sentenced him to seven years and five months in prison.
Police said Massey started the blaze July 22 by throwing a container of gas at a window of the home in the 4000 block of South Warner Street.
Massey's wife told investigators the couple was separated but he would visit the house to see their children.
The night of the fire, she said, she heard a crash and then saw flames coming through cracks in the front door.
She screamed for her daughters, ages 13 and 16, to get out of the house, and they all made it out.
Witnesses said they saw Massey running away from the house, and officers found him nearby, smelling of flammable liquids.
He said he argued with his wife earlier in the day, but said he didn't know anything about the fire.