Xenia man sentenced in arson case

By Nathan Pilling - [email protected]



XENIA — A Greene County man was sentenced to two years in prison Thursday in relation to fires he set at a Xenia house in November.

Prior to sentencing, Edwin Allen, 59, of Xenia, told Judge Stephen Wolaver that “the other residents (of the house where he was living) had been mistreating him physically and spitting on him, taking his meds, and he was just angry and didn’t think it through,” according to Allen’s attorney, Christ Theodor.

“I was angry,” Allen said.

Wolaver called the situation a “difficult case for me to wrap arms around,” he said to Allen during his sentencing hearing. “There are a lot of reasons that … mitigate in your favor. On the other side, there are reasons that do not. It leaves me in a position where it makes for a difficult choice.”

While prosecutors and the Greene County Adult Probation Department recommended a five-year prison sentence, Wolaver chose to impose a two-year sentence, “considering your years, your condition, as well as your lack of history,” he said to Allen.

Allen was also ordered to pay about $4,800 in restitution and to register as an arson offender.

Allen was originally charged in Greene County Common Pleas Court with two felony counts of aggravated arson for setting fires at a house in the 2400 block of Tennessee Drive, but pleaded guilty to one of the counts as part of a negotiated plea in January.


By Nathan Pilling

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Reach Nathan Pilling at 937-502-4498 or on Twitter @XDGNatePilling.

Reach Nathan Pilling at 937-502-4498 or on Twitter @XDGNatePilling.