CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - So often we see smoke and flames at a fire, rarely is it arson, and even more rarely do we see the real damage. Not the bricks and mortar damage but the human damage.
Suzanne Borden is suffering that human damage, both mentally and physically. She was wheelchair bound when her house exploded.
"My hair was on fire. I mean bald in areas, it still has not grown back," Borden told Judge Brian Corrigan.
Suzanne was in a coma for weeks, the hospital for months, and faces a litany of future medical procedures. She got out but her cats, a bird and her dog didn't.
"I couldn't get to her then the ceiling came down on me. Blinded my eyes and not being able to breathe, collapsing on the floor," Suzanne tearfully said.
The man who set the fire is Ismael Camacho, who spoke through an interpreter at his sentencing.
But not before Suzanne spoke directly to him saying, "I pray for you Ismael, hope you realize how much damage this has done."
Camacho basically vanished into the night after setting the fire that burned the two homes and damaged one other. He outran those trying to catch him and his flight was caught on tape.
Surveillance videos at his apartment caught him "coming and going before and then right after the fire was set" said a prosecutor. He was even seen carrying a gas can, and ditching the clothing he wore to the crime.
Camacho told the judge, "I am destroyed, my heart is broken for everything I have done."
"This sentence is difficult in several areas," stated Judge Corrigan stated.
The judge took into account Camacho's cooperation against the man who paid him but couldn't ignore Suzanne's suffering.
Camacho was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
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