Posted 1 year ago

By Post Staff

An Alliance man has been ordered to serve 20 months to five years in prison for purposely setting fire to a house over a year ago.

Box Butte County District Court Judge Travis O’Gorman sentenced 41-year-old Isaac Gonzalez to the maximum prison sentence allowable by law for a class four felony. Gonzalez was convicted of attempted arson. In a plea deal with the state, the charge was reduced from arson, which carried a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

Gonzalez set fire to the basement of the house on December 13, 2012 at 1107 Grand. The flames spread to the main floor, causing over $100,000 damage to the home and its contents.   The property was owned by Barry Harris of Alliance. 

Gonzalez, who was in the home at the time he set the fire, was taken to Box Butte General Hospital and then Regional West Medical Center for treatment.

He told the judge that he set fire to the home because he was suffering from depression because had recently been served divorce papers and had been consuming alcohol.