Sun Sentinel: Jury convicts man in Boynton Beach gas station fire attack

The defendant doused his former lover with gasoline and ignited her at a Boynton Beach 7-Eleven. But before his trial this week, he wrote the judge to insist he never intended to kill.

A Palm Beach County jury on Wednesday rejected Roosevelt Mondesir’s “cry for attention in a bad relationship” defense, convicting the Lantana man for the June 11, 2012 attack.

“You burn trash,” Assistant State Attorney Alexcia Cox instructed the jury in her closing argument. “You don’t burn people.”

“Before she knew it, she was engulfed in flames,” prosecutor Cox told the jurors in her closing argument. “You heard her cries for help.”

Prosecutors told the jury that the defendant made up his mind to end her life and he should be convicted of attempted first-degree murder.

“Roosevelt Mondesir made the conscious decision to kill Naomie Breton,” Cox said. “That’s why we’re here.”

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