Oklahoma County judge denies request by a New Mexico man who set wife on fire

An Oklahoma County judge has refused to reduce the sentence of a New Mexico man serving life in prison for setting his estranged wife on fire outside her Oklahoma City home in 2010.
by Tim Willert Modified: June 25, 2012 at 10:00 pm •  Published: June 26, 2012
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A judge has refused to reduce the sentence of a New Mexico man serving life in prison for setting his estranged wife on fire outside her Oklahoma City home in 2010.

The attorney for George M. Rodriguez, 36, asked Oklahoma County District Judge Jerry D. Bass on Monday to consider a 40-year prison term previously offered by prosecutors that Rodriguez rejected.

Bass denied the motion for modification, telling Rodriguez, “You have forfeited your right to be out there in society.”

Rodriguez was sentenced to life in prison in July. He also was sentenced to 12 years in prison for burning the victim's clothes and 11 years in prison for breaking into her house.

He pleaded guilty to the arson case in June 2011. He was also ordered to spend a year in jail for kicking out a police car's window and another year in jail for contempt of court.

After he was sentenced, Rodriguez yelled to a television news cameraman as he was being led away to a jail elevator: “It was worth it. I'd do it all over again. She deserved it.”

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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