Christopher R. Mims, 33, was sentenced Thursday to 10 years in prison in New London Superior Court for kidnapping the mother of his child and kicking and punching her while he drank alcohol in his Ledyard home last year.
When crews from Pawcatuck and Old Mystic arrived about 4:30 p.m., Pawcatuck fire Chief Kevin Burns said flames could be seen coming from the third floor of the three-story apartment building at 37 Stillman Ave. A crew from Westerly also responded.
City firefighters quickly put a stop to a morning blaze that was later ruled an arson on Third Street thanks to proximity and a functioning smoke detection system, according to Chief Kenneth Scandariato.
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The verdict ended a trial in which five young women who once babysat Crossley’s children or visited his family’s home accused him of sexually touching them between 2005 and 2010, when the women were all under the legal age of consent.