James Carter, 26, testifies in court March 29. He was convicted of first-degree arson, among other charges, and faces life in prison.

SENTENCING UPDATE: Carter sentenced to 20 years for first-degree arson

Three days before he set Kiera Williams’ house on fire, James Carter called and threatened her: “If I can’t have you, nobody will.”

Carter, 26, was found guilty March 30 of first-degree arson, burglary of a dwelling with $1,000 in damages or more and aggravated stalking. Judge Kevin Abdoney sentenced him Thursday to 20 years in prison, followed by 10 years of probation.

During the sentencing hearing, the defense admitted Carter has anger issues but asked for leniency from Abdoney for the sake of Carter’s son.

But Assistant State Attorney Kristopher Heaton reminded Abdoney that Kiera Williams had an injunction for protection against Carter, yet he still threatened her and chose to set her home on fire while she and her parents were sleeping.

“Three people could have died,” Heaton said. “He is a significant danger to the community.”

Carter apologized to the judge and asked him for a second chance.

Before imposing Carter’s sentence, Abdoney reminded him the jury found him guilty for a reason.