An East County man is sentenced on mayhem, attempted murder charges.
Todd Andrew Wimler, 47, was found guilty in February of multiple counts, which also included spousal abuse. On Friday, He was sentenced to life plus 17 years.
During the trial, the jury heard evidence that Wimler set his ex-girlfriend Deborah Carr on fire after splashing her with flammable liquid -- setting his East County trailer on fire -- and beating her with a metal pipe, on Dec. 6, 2008.
Carr, who has three teenage sons, was severely burned and beaten in the incident but has recovered from most of her injuries. She asked Judge John Thompson for a stiff penalty in the case, pointing out that the Chelsea King slaying highlighted the fact that felons are not incarcerated as long as Carr said she believed they should be.
"I fear for my three sons' lives, as well as my own, when and if Todd is released," Carr wrote in the letter read in court .
Wimler will have to server 24 years before he will be eligible for parole.