Should convicted arsons face stiffer prison sentences?

Posted Nov. 24, 2008, at 4:46 p.m.

On Friday, Ashton Moores was found guilty of raping and murdering a Bangor woman,

and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. But many wonder why he was not in

prison when he committed the crimes; Moores was convicted of arson in 1966, 1972,

1981 and 1993. In one of the fires Moores set, a man died. Should arson carry with it a

minimum sentence? How long should it be? Should arson be considered as serious as

manslaughter, even if no one is injured in the crime?