ST. GEORGE — An Iron County judge has sentenced the man found guilty of setting a fire that destroyed a home in Parowan last year to a minimum of five years in prison.
The defendant, 32-year-old Douglas Jack Carter, was found guilty of first-degree felony aggravated arson during a two-day trial in June. Carter was relieved of two additional misdemeanor charges of arson.
Carter appeared before 5th District Court Judge Matthew Bell in Cedar City Monday for sentencing. Bell sentenced him to “an indeterminate term” of a minimum of 5 years to life in the Utah State Prison. The Board of Pardons will determine the amount of restitution Carter will be expected to pay the victims of the fire.
Bell addressed a letter Carter wrote asking him to overturn the jury’s verdict, which he denied.