Man who set fire to McCully apartment building sentenced to 10 years in prison

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man who torched a McCully apartment building with more than a dozen people inside because he was "upset with his family" received a 10-year prison sentence Wednesday.

"It's unfortunate that you let your temper get the better of you," Edwin Nacino, Circuit Court judge, told the convicted arsonist. "You placed a lot of people in risk of harm."

Kevin Yang, 31, declined to make a statement at his sentencing. His sister, Sheri, was the lone family member in the courtroom.

Prosecutors say Yang set a box of newspapers on fire last February because he was upset that his family had kicked him out and had demanded that he get a job.

The blaze on Hauoli Street destroyed two apartment units, damaged two others and caused an estimated $600,000 in damages. Eighteen people, many of whom were sleeping, managed to escape the burning building.

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