It wasn't until a federal agent asked him during a recorded interview, however, that the Bradenton resident claims he counted the number of fires he had set in his lifetime.
Asked to provide a ballpark figure, Vincent said he had started "about a hundred give or take, maybe one or two," according to a transcript of that interview.
But Vincent believed he needed help and didn't belong in prison, he went on to say. In his letter to the judge ahead of his sentencing hearing, Vincent said he didn't know why he had this problem, but would like to get the mental health treatment he claims he never received.
"Maybe I will be able to control how I think to where the thought of wanting to play with fire will never happen again," Vincent wrote.
But despite trying to convince Circuit Judge
Vincent admitted to setting the two fires that resulted in the prison time.
Vincent's arrest in connection to the two fires was the result of a joint investigation by the
"Arson is a violent crime that not only destroys property but also negatively impacts the lives of citizens that reside in the neighborhoods," ATF Special Agent in Charge
Before setting fire to his neighbor's home on
When he came in to ask a third time, Vincent had already set fire to his neighbor's motorcycle. As the fire spread to the home, Vincent insisted, "There is no fire." The victim had to be carried out of the home.
According to Vincent's neighbor, there had been so many fires in the area since Vincent moved in that he had sought out renter's insurance.
This was not new behavior, Vincent's mother and boyfriend told investigators. Vincent's criminal history includes convictions in
When he was younger, Vincent claims that he set the curtains in his brother's bedroom on fire and then locked him in the room. According to the court records, he boasted that "I got him back" and "it was the only thing I could think of to do."
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