A 21-year-old Davenport man who allegedly had told police he set fire to his family’s home in July 2010 in retaliation for being picked on has been sentenced.

Matthew Siegfried was sentenced Wednesday in Scott County District Court, Davenport, to two concurrent 10-year prison terms, Assistant Scott County Attorney Kim Shepherd said.

He previously pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree arson.

Siegfried initially was charged with setting three fires at 2724 Redwood Ave., Davenport. In one incident, a passerby had to rescue Siegfried’s mother, police said.

Police alleged Siegfried started the first fire at

6:36 p.m. Sept. 24, 2010, under the kitchen sink while three adults and a 2-year-old child were in the home. He started the second fire at 10:25 p.m. that day while people were in the home.

He started the third fire at 4:24 p.m. July 25, 2010, in the basement. Two people were in the home, police said.

The home’s occupants, including Siegfried, were transported to local hospitals for treatment and later released.

Firefighters managed to get the family’s dogs out of the home, but three pet birds perished.

Damage to the structure was estimated at $45,000, fire officials said.

Siegfried told police he was upset at being picked on by family members and set the three fires in retaliation, according to his arrest affidavit at the time. He also told police he did not like his living conditions and wanted to live on his own, the affidavit said.

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All I can really say is WOW! At 21 years old, if he didnt like living there, why didnt he just leave??

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