Matthew Wong, showing visible burn injuries and sitting in a wheelchair, appears in court several months after police say he tried setting his estranged wife on fire, but engulfed himself instead.
TAMPA, Florida (AP) - A Tampa Bay area man who severely burned himself while trying to set his estranged wife on fire has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
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As part of a deal with Hillsborough County prosecutors, 51-year-old Matthew Wong pleaded guilty Monday to attempted murder. The Tampa Bay Times reports that he attended the hearing in a wheelchair.
Prosecutors say Wong and his wife had been separated for several months last February when he drove to the Countrywood Apartment Complex in a rental car and waited for her to leave for work.
Authorities say Wong chased his wife and tried to splash gasoline on her. Instead he got the gas all over himself. The woman escaped into an apartment, and he poured gas on the entryway. When he lit it, fire blew back and engulfed him.