The Erie Times-News ( http://bit.ly/14RNwdn) reports 30-year-old Carlos Diane-Cruz was sentenced Monday, immediately after pleading guilty to setting the fire Jan. 7 at the Erie County Prison.
Diane-Cruz had been sentenced in December for the 2011 pizza shop heist and his public defender says Diane-Cruz was trying to commit suicide by setting the fire by sticking items in an electrical socket in his cell.
Assistant public defender Michael DeJohn says Diane-Cruz suffers from bipolar disorder and other mental issues.
Other inmates were evacuated but not hurt by the fire.
Information from: Erie Times-News, http://www.goerie.com