Man sentenced to four years for Parma Heights City Hall arson
PARMA HEIGHTS – In early December, Matt Janowski was arrested for arson at the Parma Heights City Hall.
He was charged with arson and has remained in jail since. Today he was sentenced to four years in prison, minus time served.
Police originally noticed the fire coming from a window in the mayor’s office around 3 a.m. on November 26. There were no reported injuries and the fire was under control and put out quickly from firefighters.
It was determined that the fire was started from an accelerant poured through the open window. Janowski’s motive was that he was trying to make a statement about the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, Missouri.
Janowski’s brother told Fox 8 that he thinks it had nothing to do with Ferguson. “I just think it was an act of being drunk and not knowing what he was doing.”