Daniel Phillips must been a little confused by party etiquette: If you go to a fiesta, do bring a bottle of wine — do not set the host’s house on fire.
Some of us are flummoxed by even the most basic manners, and Phillips is apparently no exception: The Manhattan District Attorney announced today that the 32-year-old just got a 10-year prison sentence for starting a fire at 410 West 48th Street, a six-floor apartment building with 71 residents, after a party in November 2009. Nobody was hurt by the blaze, but the building got stuck with $320,000 worth of damage.
Here’s what happened: Phillips showed up to the shindig in the late night/early morning hours. He hung out for a bit but got in a fight with another guest. So the host asked him to leave around 4:30 a.m., and he got really pissed. Phillips left, but returned to the building and lit a fire under the first-floor stairwell, right next to the recycling and garbage bins. A jury convicted him of arson, criminal mischief, and reckless endangerment in November 2010.
Phillips’s sentencing was postponed because he complained about his defense. (He had claimed his lawyer was ineffective, the DA’s office explained to Runnin’ Scared.)
A judge recently decided otherwise, so off Phillips (finally) goes to prison.
After Phillips does hard time, he’ll be under supervision for five years. He also has to pay $10,000 in fines.