The Palm Beach Post: Boynton Beach man who set girlfriend on fire faces life in prison after jury convicts him of attempted murder

This was the violent end to the eight-year tumultuous relationship with her ex-boyfriend Roosevelt Mondesir, who doused her with gasoline and chased her in and out of a Boynton Beach gas station with a machete last year before he caught her, pulled out a lighter and set her ablaze.

His lawyers tried to convince a jury that it was nothing more than a cry for help. But after less than 40 minutes of deliberations Wednesday, the six-member panel sided with prosecutors — convicting Mondesir of attempted first-degree murder and domestic battery charges.

Mondesir, 53, faces up to life in prison when Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Stephen Rapp sentences him on August 23.

“I think the jury saw it just as we said — you don’t douse a person with gasoline and light them on fire unless you intend for that person to die,” Assistant State Attorney Alexcia Cox said after the verdict.

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