Man who torched Lakewood barn, killing six horses and a dog, sentenced to prison

A man who allegedly mumbled “want to watch the world burn” just before torching a Lakewood barn where six horses and a dog were killed was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison.

Earnest Sunday Maynes, 38, pleaded guilty in Jefferson County District Court last month to two counts of arson, eight counts of animal cruelty and one count of criminal mischief.

Calling him a "danger to the community," a judge today sentenced 38-year-old Earnest Maynes to 25 years in prison on charges of arson and cruelty to animals. Maynes pled guilty to setting a fire in a barn near 4th and Sheridan in April of last year- killing seven horses and a dog

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Maynes set eight fires at different locations in a neighborhood near 5405 W. Third Ave., on April 28, according to prosecutors.

A former roommate of Maynes tipped off investigators about his connection to the fires after Maynes was acting suspiciously and mumbling distressing statements, including “gonna blow property up,” according to an arrest affidavit.

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