Jamestown Man Sentenced To 21 Years In State Prison For Setting Woman On Fire

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MAYVILLE – A Jamestown man was sentenced to 21 years in State Prison Monday morning in Chautauqua County Court after pleading guilty to first-degree assault, according to a release from Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson.

Luis Castro-Mojica, 38, was also sentenced to five years of post-release supervision. According to the Jamestown Police Department, Castro-Mojica set a then 27-year-old woman on fire during a Dec. 2017 domestic dispute at 210 Thayer St.

In a statement Swanson said, “Today, the defendant was held accountable for his horrific acts. My hope is that the victim an her family can find some closure.”

“First and foremost, I want to thank the Jamestown Police Department for their outstanding work on this case,” Swanson said. “The quick response of every officer involved in this case needs to be commended. Lynn Schaffer prosecuted this case for my office and her close work with the family and the resolution she worked tirelessly for evinces the effort she put in on this case. I want to thank her for her extraordinary work. 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.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.”

Castro-Mojica originally faced a maximum sentence of 25 years. When Castro-Mojica plead guilty earlier this year, Swanson told WNYNewsNow that Judge David Foley made a sentencing commitment of 18-21 years old.

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