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Tyler man receives 48 year sentence for setting fire at apartment complex

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Cantrell Nimoy Sash (Source: Smith County Jail) Cantrell Nimoy Sash (Source: Smith County Jail)
TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A Tyler man was sentenced to 48 years in prison Wednesday for his involvement in a May 2013 fire at an apartment complex.

Cantrell Nimoy Sash, 30, was charged with arson of a habitation after investigators determined that he purposefully set fire to a 20-unit apartment complex located at 710 S. Kennedy Avenue in Tyler.

Evidence was presented to the jury on Tuesday and Wednesday. Shortly after this evidence was presented, the jury returned a guilty verdict in the case. The jury then heard punishment evidence before sentencing Sash to 48 years behind bars.

Sash will be eligible for parole after serving 12 years of the 48 year sentence.

Firefighters responded to the apartment fire on May 24, 2013. During the fire, police saw several men struggling with a man outside the apartment. The group of men said the man they were holding started the fire.

Sash has an extensive criminal history in Smith County. He has been arrested twice for driving while intoxicated, three times for public intoxication, once for violating parole and once for disorderly conduct.

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