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Man Sentenced to 30 Years in Prison for Daytona Beach Arson


Contact: Ashley Carr
(850) 413 - 2842
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Florida Department of Financial Services’ Division of State Fire Marshal today announced the conviction of Damion Haywood for arson after he set fire to a Daytona Beach residence and truck on June 17, 2014. He has been sentenced to 30 years in prison.
An investigation by the Division of State Fire Marshal and the Daytona Beach Police Department revealed that Haywood set the fires as retaliation for being fired from his job. A neighbor of the victim saw Haywood break the windshield and puncture the tires of the victim’s truck before pouring gasoline on it and setting it on fire. Investigators also found that Haywood poured gasoline on the victim’s home and set it on fire. Asbestos siding on the house, however, extinguished the fire before it could spread beyond the area where it was set.
Haywood’s prior criminal history includes convictions for armed robbery, a strong-arm robbery, tampering with evidence, sale of cocaine, fleeing and eluding, and various misdemeanor convictions. His arson case was prosecuted by the office of 7th Judicial Circuit State Attorney R.J. Larizza. Circuit Judge Leah Case presided over the case and pronounced sentence.
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Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, a statewide elected official, oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Atwater’s priorities include fighting financial fraud, abuse and waste in government, reducing government spending and regulatory burdens that chase away businesses, and providing transparency and accountability in spending. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).