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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