CALDWELL-- A Nampa man who intentionally set his girlfriend on fire has been sentenced to 20 years in prison, according to Canyon County Prosecutor Bryan Taylor.
Third District Judge Juneal C. Kerrick handed down the sentence Tuesday for 33-year-old Jesus Montes for the crime of aggravated arson in the third degree. Montes must serve eight and a half years in prison before he is eligible for parole.
The charges stem from an incident on Dec. 11, 2011, where Montes poured lighter fluid on 26-year-old Victoria Zamora, and then light her on fire. It happened at a home on 21st Avenue South in Nampa.
Taylor said the judge called this a heinous and horrific offense and said that Montes showed a lack of empathy. She said Montes poses a threat to the community because he has a history of falling back on violence.
This case is a sad, extreme, yet typical example of the face of domestic violence, said Taylor.
The victim was uncooperative in this case.