A man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after a jury convicted him of setting fire to a woman’s home and car on fire after she rejected his advances.
Jerel Jay Wilson, 29, of Union City, Georgia was found guilty of simple battery and first- and second-degree arson in the attacks.
Wilson had committed the two separate attacks as far back in September 2018.
On September 11, 2018, Wilson broke into the woman’s apartment, burned her bedroom, followed her and physically attacked her after she spurned his advances. Several weeks later, he attacked the woman again in a hotel parking lot, setting fire to her car.
“In 2018, jealousy and rejection left a path of destruction,” said Assistant District Attorney Jared Horowitz. “I appreciate the jurors for their service during a pandemic and for delivering justice to this woman, who was tormented by this defendant. This verdict sends a message that this kind of dangerous behavior will not be tolerated in Cobb County. This verdict also would not have been possible without the thorough investigation done by the Smyrna Fire Marshals.”
A superior court judge, last weekend sentenced Wilson, citing his “lack of concern and insight for his conduct.”
In addition to 20 years behind bars, Wilson will have to serve 10 years on probation and follow a permanent protective order prohibiting him from having any contact with the victim.