Prison for man who firebombed ex-girlfriend’s home

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A Fort Wayne man who threw a firebomb into the home of a woman he had repeatedly harassed – the woman and three of her children home at the time – was sentenced Wednesday.

Mug shot of Donald Lee Buchanan courtesy the Allen County Sheriff's Department.
Mug shot of Donald Lee Buchanan courtesy the Allen County Sheriff’s Department.

Donald Lee Buchanan was sentenced to two years in prison and two years of probation for arson. The terms of his plea agreement with prosecutors dropped additional charges of detonating a destructive device or explosive, intimidation where threat is to commit forcible felony, and two counts of invasion of privacy.

It was April when Buchanan showed up at his ex-girlfriend’s Euclid Avenue home and knocked on the door. After the woman refused to come outside and talk, Buchanan yelled, “B**ch you’re gonna die tonight, you and your kids!,” according to a police report. He then left the area but called her cell phone some 30 times before 9 p.m.

Before 10 p.m. that night, the woman said she had just gone upstairs with three of her children when she heard a window break and saw a fire at the bottom of her stairs. She and her children were able to escape.

The woman told police she saw Buchanan running through her backyard to the alley after she saw the fire, the report said.

The woman said her relationship with Buchanan ended two or three years ago, and told police that she had filed other reports against him and had received a protective order.

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