Sunday, May 20, 2001

Student who started fatal fire gets jail

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        DAYTON, Ohio — The University of Dayton student who started an apartment fire that killed a Loveland man has been sentenced to six months in jail.

        Paul Vincent Morgan, 21, of Rochester, N.Y., admitted that on Dec. 10, he ignited a roll of paper towels, starting a fire in the apartment he shared with Austin Cohen, 21, of Loveland. Mr. Cohen's body was found in a second-floor bedroom. He was a UD football player.

        Mr. Morgan will be transferred next week to a Dayton correctional facility. He also was sentenced to up to five years of probation, most of which will be served in the Rochester area.

        He is to receive mental health counseling designed for people who abuse alcohol or who have started fires.

        Mr. Morgan pleaded guilty April 27 in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court to charges of involuntary manslaughter and arson.

        In addition, Mr. Morgan agreed to pay funeral expenses and nearly $56,000 to cover the cost of the investigation and prosecution. He also agreed to withdraw from the University of Dayton and never apply for readmission.


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