A 29-year-old man received the maximum sentences Thursday for first-degree arson and second-degree burglary.
During a sentencing hearing in Scott County District Court, District Judge Thomas G. Reidel sentenced Michael Mitrisin to 25 years in prison on the arson conviction and 10 years in prison on the burglary conviction.
Reidel ordered that the sentences be served concurrently, rather than consecutively which would have made the sentence run to 35 years.
There is no minimum sentence Mitrisin must serve before parole is granted, Assistant Scott County Attorney Kim Shepherd said.
On Feb. 5, 2011, Mitrisin broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home at the Harrison Manor condominiums at 2514 N. Harrison St.
Mitrisin was upset that the woman had ended their relationship, and he broke a window to get into her home with the intent of destroying it by setting it on fire, authorities said.
Authorities said Mitrisin knew the woman would not be home because he had been following her whereabouts on Facebook. He had even gone to the location where the woman was that night.
Mitrisin’s car was seen at the condominium at the time of the fire.
About 9:45 p.m. that night, a 911 call was made about a fire at the complex, which was built in 1925. When firefighters arrived, they were directed to the third floor where residents had reported smoke.
Firefighters found no fire on the third floor, but then they were directed to a unit in the basement of the building located on the corner of West Central Park Avenue and Harrison Street.
When firefighters entered the unit, they found flames and smoke. Firefighters quickly contained the blaze. The fire caused heavy damage to the condominium.
After a quick survey of the condominium, firefighters called for an arson investigator.
Mitrisin was being held Thursday night in the Scott County Jail pending his transfer to the Iowa Department of Corrections.