Homeless man who set occupied car on fire in Pensacola sentenced to prison
A homeless man who set a woman’s car on fire while she was inside of it has been sentenced to state prison, according to a State Attorney’s Office news release.
Lee Edward Yohn, 50, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison after pleading no contest to one count of first-degree arson of an occupied structure.
Yohn originally was charged with attempted felony murder, in addition to the one count of arson. However, the attempted murder charge was dropped due to a lack of evidence, according to prosecutors.
The news release states Yohn confronted an active duty military service member on Jan. 1, 2020, at the U-Haul Moving & Storage of Pensacola-Bellview, 4921 Mobile Highway.
The woman was about to get into her car to leave the business when Yohn began to yell at her. When she got into her vehicle, Yohn “threw an unknown liquid on her car and then set the car on fire,” the release stated.
The woman suffered minor injuries when exiting the burning vehicle.
Yohn fled but was later identified by surveillance video, photo lineups and other investigative means, according to the State Attorney’s Office.
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