Escambia Man Gets 20 Years For Arson

August 19, 2017

An Escambia County man was sentenced to two decades in state prison on arson and criminal mischief charges.

Nathan Stafford was sentenced as a habitual felony offender by Circuit Judge Thomas Dannheisser to 20 years in state prison after he entered a plea of no contest. The 20 year sentence will run consecutively with a five year sentence Stafford previously received for a violation of probation conviction.

On May 30, 2016, Stafford consumed several medications, spread gasoline through his apartment and set it on fire in an attempt to take his own life. Prior to the medication taking effect, Stafford left the apartment. The fire caused anĀ  estimated $20,000 in damages to the apartment. When contacted by law enforcement, Stafford admitted to setting the fire.


10 Responses to “Escambia Man Gets 20 Years For Arson”

  1. Amber on August 21st, 2017 9:02 am

    He needs help and i dont live in Florida anymore so i cant help his wife is no good so idk what to do

  2. Amber on August 21st, 2017 8:58 am

    Were divorced for 5 years im re married but i still care about him i care we have kids

  3. Brother of ex- inmate on August 19th, 2017 9:12 pm

    Amber, he will be sent to Lake Butler, regional medical center. All inmates go there to get medical evaluation. Then he will be placed in facility. It will take weeks before you know where he is assigned. Good luck

  4. Chris on August 19th, 2017 8:57 pm

    Mental illness is very mis understood.
    Im not defending what he did. But if he didnt hurt anybody I dont get it.
    True. I dont know the other charges

    Amber I know the one who can help you . But you gotta turn your life over to him
    not just say you do . His name starts with J ends with s and is 5 letters
    You will never make sense of it following the world

  5. Amber on August 19th, 2017 12:58 pm

    He did try to kill himself and had to be put on life support for 3 days when i was 14 weeks pregnant with our Heart baby so i know its not a joke i just honestly pray he dont do that in prison ..

    How do i find out what prison he is going to???

  6. Amber on August 19th, 2017 12:56 pm

    I honestly do forgive him we got together when i was 16!! And divorced when i was 24.5 . We have 3 of the most amazing kids and we were gonna go to Florida next summer but now idk if i want them to see him in prison .. i love him he holds a special place in my heart always. And my husband knows . Im just hurting for our kids they are. Our only son is 12 and our girls are 9&7 the 7 yr has a heart defect and im just so lost i hate things happen the way they did … Ughh i feel bad .. and mad at myself to some extent :-/

  7. Grandma on August 19th, 2017 8:50 am

    Amber, you tell them Dad is sick with an illness called Depression. With this sickness you are not yourself and not in your right mind. He did these things and tried to hurt himself while out of his right mind. He loves them and he wants to get better but has to be punished for the things he did that were wrong. He will be away for a long, long time. But they can write him, send him pictures and pray for him. You must try to forgive him. You can do this only through Christ’s strength, not yours. He will set your feet on the solid rock and make your path straight.

  8. Clad in Shadows on August 19th, 2017 7:02 am

    RE: Amber
    I meant no disrespect, by the way. I am very sorry for his children… this is now way to see your father…

  9. Clad in Shadows on August 19th, 2017 7:00 am

    I’m not sure of his previous record, but hopefully he gets the help he needs. Suicide isn’t a joke, and if this man was willing to burn himself alive the he needs serious help. Maybe sticking him in prison wasn’t the answer, however, with a lack of prior knowledge to his previous crimes he may have been sent exactly where he needed to be. Hopefully he gets the help he needs there.

  10. Amber on August 19th, 2017 6:52 am

    How the hell do i explain this one to his 3 children?? They are 12&9&7 and the 7 year old has a heart defect

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