Florida man gets life in prison for setting wife on fire

PALATKA — A North Florida man has been sentenced to life in prison for setting his wife on fire.

Khalid Abeljawwad Mohd of Palatka was convicted in June of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery charges.

Mohd's wife testified by video at his sentencing hearing Wednesday. Rema Jamel suffered second- and third-degree burns over three-quarters of her body. She said she was permanently disfigured and needed about a dozen more surgeries to recover from burns she suffered in 2010.

According to an affidavit, Mohn initially told police that Jamel was burned while grilling. He later said she intentionally set herself on fire. Authorities said the evidence didn't support either story.

Mohd received the maximum sentence of life in prison. The Florida Times-Union reports that Mohd told the court he was innocent.

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