DA: Man tried to burn down ex’s home using Cheetos

Taunton arsonist Shemroy William

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — A Taunton man was sentenced to jail Wednesday for attempting to burn down his ex-girlfriend’s home while she was inside, and prosecutors revealed he had an unusual choice of accelerant.

A jury convicted Shemroy William after one hour of deliberations, according to the office of Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III.

William, 31, of Weir Street, was sentenced to 2 and a half years in jail, the maximum sentence for malicious destruction of property.

Police and firefighters responded to 164 Somerset Avenue on March 10 after the ex-girlfriend and her friend reported that William was attempting to set the house on fire.

The DA’s office said investigators discovered William attempted to light the fire in five different locations and wedged a propane tank against the home as a fire on the back porch burned.

Crews were able to remove the tank before it ignited, according to prosecutors. Police then located William nearby with two lighters in his pocket and an empty bag of Cheetos.

Prosecutors said the investigation revealed William attempted to use the Cheetos to accelerate the fire.