Windsor man gets 11-year prison sentence for attempted murder
A Windsor man is going to jail after he was found guilty of attempted murder and arson.
Kenneth Kormendy, 45, was sentenced to 11 years in prison. Following time in jail he has already served, he has a remaining seven years and 345 days to serve in prison.
Kormendy was found guilty of three counts of attempted murder and arson following a house fire on Balfour Boulevard in Oct. 2015, after the house he and his then-girlfriend and two children lived in went up in flames.
Kormendy appeared in Windsor Superior Court Monday for the sentencing.
Justice Christopher Bondy told the court “there is no place in our society for domestic violence.”
But he also said “this is clearly an isolated incident in Mr. Kormendy’s life.”
“Alcohol consumption was a factor in this crime,” Bondy said in court.
The fire sent then seven-year-old Isabel Rueda to hospital with critical burns to her hands, feet, torso and face covering 15 per cent of her body.
A letter from Isabel's mother Sheri was read in court on Oct. 16, stating “a piece of her died that day."
Assistant Crown Attorney Walter Costa tells CTV Windsor he respectfully disagrees with the sentence.
Defence lawyer Helen Burgess feels the sentence is appropriate.
"While this offense is very horrific, Mr. Kormendy has never served a jail sentence before" says Burgess.
Kormendy maintains his innocence and plans to appeal the conviction and sentence.
Depending on his appeal, he will be eligible for parole after serving a third of his sentence.