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Jamestown man gets 21 years in prison for setting woman on fire

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Posted at 1:44 PM, Mar 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-05 03:24:32-05

MAYVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Jamestown man will spend the next 21 years in prison after setting a woman on fire.

It was December of 2017 when the 27-year-old victim was found on Thayer Street with severe burns to her head, face and torso. The investigation revealed she was doused in a flammable substance then set on fire.

On Monday, her tormentor, 38-year-old Luis Castro-Mojica, learned his fate in Chautauqua County Court. In addition to his 21 year prison term, Castro-Mojica also received five years of post-release supervision.

"Today the defendant was held accountable for his horrific acts. My hope is that the victim an her family can find some closure,” said Chautauqua County District Attorney, Patrick Swanson. “This case reminds us of the evil doers that law enforcement is there to protect us from and bring to justice. The actions of this man were inconceivable and leave us wondering why a person would do this to another person. But it also reminds us that there are good guys wearing blue that go to work for us every day to protect our families.” Swanson said, “Their quick response in this case has resulted in the elimination of a real danger to our society for the next 21 years. My hope is that this man does not have the opportunity to harm anyone again.”