East Liverpool man sentenced for house fires

LISBON – An East Liverpool man accused of breaking into two East Liverpool area homes and setting them on fire was sentenced on Thursday in Columbiana County Common Pleas Court.

Joseph D. Davis Jr., 28, East Liverpool, was credited with 58 days already served in the county jail and was sentenced to an additional 17 days in jail by Judge Scott Washam. He was also placed on four years probation and ordered to successfully complete a substance abuse program.

“I was pretty stressed out at that time,” Davis said. “I got involved with bad people… drugs… and made a couple horrible choices. I’m very, very sorry.”

Davis noted he did not run from what he did, cooperated with police and was attempting to make up for his mistakes.

Washam pointed out Davis does not have any prior felony convictions, but also admitted to going into the houses to take copper. He added it was not as if Davis mistakenly dropped a cigarette.

According to reports at the time, Davis was arrested last July after the Liverpool Township Fire Department was dispatched to fires at two abandoned homes at 935 and 941 Anderson Blvd. Witnesses reportedly sighted Davis in one of the homes, and he admitted it later to police.

In April, Davis had pleaded guilty to the two counts of arson, both fourth-degree felonies, and two counts of breaking and entering, both fifth-degree felonies.