Man, 75, sentenced to prison for burning down homes

Man, 75, sentenced to prison for burning down homes (Image 1)

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A 75-year-old Montgomery County man has been sentenced to jail for burning down his brother's home and his own home after an argument.

According to a report in the Clarksville Leaf Chronicle, Otis Bansal Owens testified in court on his own behalf Thursday afternoon.

On the stand, he admitted to burning down his brother's house out of spite in July 2010.

At the end of the hearing, Owens was handed an eight-year sentence, possibly spending the rest of his life in a Tennessee Department of Correction prison.

Otis Owens' brother, Cameron, testified that Otis stayed with him and his wife when he moved to Montgomery County from Florida, before he gave his brother $30,000 to build a house on the land.

Otis said his brother didn't keep his end of the bargain and he was evicted last July.

He testified that he made the decision that day to burn his brother's house down.

He said he waited until his brother and his wife left home that morning before he poured gasoline around the home and set it on fire.

“I burned his house down to show him what it feels like to have no home,” Otis Owens said.

The home was destroyed, along with four dogs inside.

Cameron Owens said the damaged was estimated at $140,000.

Otis also burned down his own home.

On July 27, Owens had entered open guilty pleas to arson and vandalism.

He was also charged with four counts of aggravated cruelty because four family pets died in the fire.

*The Leaf Chronicle contributed to this report.

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