TACOMA, Wash. — A man who is accused of burning down his home after his wife sought a divorce and refused to buy him a cellphone has been sentenced to two years and two months in jail.
The News Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/2fwSD4S ) that 65-year-old Joe Keizer Butler was charged with first-degree arson for the Aug. 16 fire. Butler pleaded guilty on Monday, and was then sentenced.
Butler’s attorney did not return a message for comment.
The wife, Vicki Butler, said the fire destroyed her clothes, antiques, sterling silver, china, holiday decorations, jewelry, Seattle Seahawks collection and food she canned herself.
She said she felt that if he wasn’t put behind bars, he would come looking for her.
Information from: The News Tribune, http://www.thenewstribune.com