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Seattle Gay Bar Arsonist Gets 10 Years In Prison, Blames Alcoholism


Musab Mohammed Masmari — the 30-year-old suspect who plead guilty to the New Year’s Eve arson of Seattle's Neighbours gay nightclub — has been sentenced to ten years in prison, more than double the time requested by the court’s prosecutors and defense.

Though prosecutors alleged that Masmari set the blaze out of anti-gay hatred and intolerance, the Seattle PI says Masmari’s defense ascribed a different reason — alcoholism:

In a letter to the court, Masmari, 31, explained he’d consumed a bottle of cheap whiskey in the hours before he set the fire. He claims not to remember setting it, though he recognized himself on a surveillance video.

“I do not believe that I am a bad man but when I get drunk I have done bad things,” Masmari said in a letter to the court. “I swear that it is my intent to never drink again.”

…“I am sorry for the damage I caused, and I am grateful that no one was hurt,” Masmari said in a letter to the court. “I should have gotten alcohol counseling. … I wish I had.

Masmari will remain in jail until his eventual transfer to a federal prison.

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  1. Good for the judge, doubling the sentence to 10 years. He should've gotten more, though. I don't buy his excuse of alcoholism. Was he also drunk when he found out about the surveillance video, gathered his belongings, and booked a one-way flight to Turkey? That alone proves that he wished to avoid taking responsibility for his actions. The testimony of his close acquaintances also suggests he was merely making excuses. He should've gotten at least 20 years for what he did. Instead, he'll probably be paroled in two.

    Posted by: atomic | Aug 1, 2014 3:14:10 PM

  2. Alcohol is s disinhibitor, it lowers internal restraints but it never makes you do things totally out of charcater. Musab, you are a Bad Man

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 1, 2014 3:18:40 PM

  3. Several of his friends told the police that he bragged about starting the fire, and that he made often talked about his hatred of gay people.

    Posted by: Gigi | Aug 1, 2014 3:22:26 PM

  4. Alcoholism. Ah, that explains it.

    It's well known that the warning signs for alcoholism are:

    1) Drinking alone.
    2) Drinking in the morning.
    3) Setting fire to a bar in hopes of killing 700 people.

    If you have any 2 of these symptoms, please seek help.

    Posted by: bcarter3 | Aug 1, 2014 3:22:36 PM

  5. Lying piece of s*** monster.

    He should be kidnapped Russian Vigilante style. I'd like to see a large funnel shoved down his throat and 99 proof alcohol poured down it until he's nice and loaded. Then pour more 99 proof over him, and finally set him on fire.

    That would resolve his debt to gays I think.

    Posted by: Deth | Aug 1, 2014 3:31:01 PM

  6. “I do not believe that I am a bad man but when I get drunk I have done bad things,”

    That's okay. The judge didn't put you in prison for being a bad man. He put you in prison because you're a danger to society, no matter whether your impulse to burn people alive is voluntary or automatic.

    Posted by: JJ | Aug 1, 2014 3:37:50 PM

  7. Yeh I'll blame alcohol. And the closet.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Aug 1, 2014 3:49:41 PM

  8. I've been shytfaced many times since my teenage years, I've never attempted nor have wanted to burn anyplace to the ground, nor have I assaulted anyone. But whenever I have been intoxicated, I've always been in a good mood. I don't believe alcohol will get you to do stuff you wouldn't be capable of doing sober. Now some drugs will indeed eff you up, including when jonesing, and you'll do judt about anything.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Aug 1, 2014 4:03:16 PM

  9. He's kinda got. A crazy attempted arsonist, but cute. Perhaps he'll learn some things about his sexuality in prison. I can wait ten years.

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 1, 2014 4:25:48 PM

  10. Alcohol fuels issues, it does not create them out of thin air. Alcohol or not, this guy acted on his prejudice.

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 1, 2014 4:38:38 PM

  11. In the meantime he's going to model for J Crew.

    Posted by: anon | Aug 1, 2014 4:51:13 PM

  12. A few months ago Andy posted a news story about a Russian who was a Gay-basher. The Russian had a thick body build and sort of Mongol facial features...built like a prize fighter.

    I mentioned that he (the Gay-basher) was good-looking. Well, Rick gave me a pasionate criticism of "oh, and here comes Derrick praising the good looks of a Gay basher again).

    That was first time I'd done that to my memory. But I felt so bad that I apologized to Towleroad visitors for two days.

    But I'll be damned if here today Rick is saying that a Gay-basher who wanted to kill hundred of Gays is "CUTE."

    Do I have to say anything more?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 1, 2014 4:54:22 PM

  13. Go over to queerty, where they're using alcohol as an excuse for barebacking. It's excuse # 389 for the self-destructive crowd. And the game has gotten very tiresome.

    Posted by: Wilberforce | Aug 1, 2014 6:50:11 PM

  14. He is sorta cute. Not as cute as the two Boston Marathon bombers, but cute.

    Posted by: will | Aug 1, 2014 7:02:21 PM

  15. For attempted mass murder with 700 hate crime enhancements, he is getting off way, WAY too easily.

    Posted by: Gregory in Seattle | Aug 1, 2014 7:16:20 PM

  16. Alcoholism or Assholism?....

    Posted by: rochon | Aug 1, 2014 7:33:22 PM

  17. Ah, the South Park defense. Rehab will cure all that ails him. Then he can be burned at the stake.

    Posted by: Robert | Aug 1, 2014 7:38:15 PM

  18. Cute? Why would anyone even mention something that immaterial. Besides he looks like a dirty shoe and is made even filthier by his mind and actions. Hang him immediately.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Aug 1, 2014 7:40:46 PM

  19. Hopefully he'll get fist beat in prison.

    Posted by: Kissyfur | Aug 1, 2014 10:52:27 PM

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