Arsonist faces up to 20 years in prison

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Prosecutors in Monongalia County said they will recommend a significant prison sentence for a man who set his ex-girlfriend’s home on fire.
Brian Moats Jr., of Morgantown, plead guilty to first-degree arson Monday, April 13, in connection with the Sept. 18 fire.
Moats reportedly told investigators he set the trailer, located off Tyrone Road, on fire because he didn’t want his ex and their 3-year-old daughter sharing the home with the ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend.
According to Gail Voorhees, assistant prosecuting attorney, a West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s office report matched forensic evidence uncovered in the investigation. Moats’ brother, a co-defendant being charged separately in the case, told investigators the fire was intentionally set.
Moats, already incarcerated on separate charges, faces 2 to 20 years in prison for the arson charge.
Voorhees said they will argue for a lengthy sentence. According to WV statutes, regardless of the upcoming sentence, Moats will not be eligible for parole for at least 2 years.
A sentencing date had not been set Monday afternoon.