Jeffrey Otto Sentenced to 10 Years for Young Champions Arson Fire

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Jeffrey Otto was sentenced today to 10 years in prison for his role as one of four arsonists involved in last year's fire at the Young Champions of America headquarters in Phoenix.

Otto, 20, had been the last of the three surviving arsonists to plead guilty to the crime that destroyed a building, cost the life of his friend and accomplice, 28-year-old Josh Robinson, and played with the emotions of hundreds of children who had taken karate lessons from the company. All four had been trusted instructors with Young Champions before deciding to torch the building.


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Jeff Otto, 20, was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for his role in the June 14 fire at the Young Champions of America headquarters in Phoenix.
​While the sentence is tough, it's somewhat lighter than the 14 years handed to arsonist Jon Antonucci in March. As our January 21 cover story on the crime revealed, Antonucci appeared to be the  ringleader of the four because he had embezzled from Young Champions and wanted to start a rival firm.  

Now, all that remains in the case is the planned June 2 sentencing for 20-year-old Moniza Murillo.

Investigators say the four, all dressed in black, climbed up an awning and splashed 20 gallons of gasoline into the small, second-story office of the company's owner, Rory Hood. After Antonucci, Otto and Murillo crawled out of the office, Robinson accidentally incinerated himself when he lit a match.

Why Otto and Murillo participated in the crime remains a mystery: A fire investigator told New Times it seems to have been purely out of friendship.

The three arsonists lied to authorities in the days after the blaze, but Murillo later cracked and 'fessed up. Despite the guilty pleas, Murillo remains the only one of the three who has fully explained her involvement.

No doubt, she's hoping her admission and apparent remorse helps sway the judge when it comes to her sentence.

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B Shino
B Shino

The system is a joke. Instead of looking at the facts, the prosecutors said crap like "Jeff had no remorse for what he did," "he did this just for the money," and bs like that. I know for a fact it was hard for him. He was at my house several nights before being arrested. We didnt know what was wrong, but he looked terrible, had a quivering voice, told me he kept having nightmares, and was sick looking. Fucking prosecutors can suck it. He also told me he did it because he thought the company was trying to set up his mentors and best friends. I know him, I have for 15 years. We grew up together. He is my brother. He is not fucking greeding. Nor was he careless- one of his best friends died jack asses. How many times have any of you given to the homeless? Spent hundreds of dollars on food and clothes? Well, he spent at least six hundred- with me, at four different nights. He made a mistake, and was manipulated, so again, stfu.

B Shino
B Shino

Hey mom, thats so cute that you talked for him here too! I agree! Hes the greatest guy alive!


 Quit making Jeff look like the victim. He made a choice.  he contributed to that persons death.He has to pay. Deal with it!!!

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