Man Sentenced For Setting Fire That Killed Family

ASHTABULA, Ohio - An Ashtabula man was sentenced on Friday for setting the fire that killed his family, 19/43 News reported.

Charles Newman, 21, will serve four consecutive life sentences for the murder of his wife, two sons and sister-in-law on Nov. 2, 2000.

A jury found Newman guilty of setting the fire in his home, and then leaving his sleeping family inside to die.

Barbara Grey, the mother of Charles' wife, Jennifer Newman, said that she reluctantly accepted the sentence.

"I'll just have to take what they gave me," Grey said. "I'm not ever going to be satisfied because you could never bring my children back to me, so I've just got to take what the judge will give me."

Newman could have received the death penalty.