Metzler Sentenced To 14-Year Prison Term

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A Watertown man who pleaded guilty to attempted murder and arson in connection with an apartment house fire in May has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.

Twenty-six year old Joshua Metzler was also sentenced Friday to five years of post-release supervision and has been ordered to stay away from all 11 residents of the High Street building for the next 20 years.

Metzler also pleaded guilty in September to assault and reckless endangerment.

He told the court Friday "I am very ashamed of what I did. I deserve to be punished."

Jefferson County Court Judge Kim Martusewicz also ordered Metzler to pay restitution totaling over $4,600 to three former residents, plus restitution to the insurance company that insured the building for $100,000.

Metzler is accused of setting the fire to kill his ex-girlfriend, who lived in the building.

Jessica Lewis, a former resident, said in an impact statement she awoke to smoke and flames in her second floor apartment, was trapped, and was forced to jump out a window. She suffered ankle and spine injuries that still cause her pain.

"'Til this day I'm suffering really bad back pain, my ankles are always giving out on me," she told 7 News outside the courthouse.

"I can't do the same things I used to do before the fire," she said.

District Attorney Cindy Intschert told the court that Metzler "put the lives of many people at risk," simply because he was jealous and angry.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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