A man who set a 17-year-old Riverview student on fire in June of 2022 has been sentenced after he pleaded guilty to being a disorderly person.
Mazin Shaya, 56, was sentenced to two years of probation, the first 63 days of which will be served in the Wayne County Jail. He must partake in cognitive behavioral therapy and do 80 hours of community service.
Shaya was sentenced before the teen he lit on fire last year. The now-18-year-old man told the court he prayed no one, including his attacker, had to experience the pain he went through in the past 13 months.
Shaya could have received a substantially harsher sentence under the original charges of attempted murder and assault with the intent to cause great bodily harm.
Maria Miller, a spokeswoman with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, said the two original charges against Shaya were dismissed.
In court, Wayne County Assistant Prosecutor Joshua Holman said the final charges were not proportional with the actions in the case, but it was the best course of action for the victim and his future.
The incident occurred on the afternoon of June 2, 2022.
At 1:30 p.m. that day, the Riverview Police Department received a phone call from the victim’s mother, who stated she was with her son in the emergency room at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.
According to the victim’s mother, her son was off the Riverview Community High School campus, on his lunch break, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and went to Victor’s Market, 17104 Quarry Road, where the incident occurred.
During the call, the teen’s mother told a Riverview dispatcher her son was being sedated in the emergency room and was being prepared for transport to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit for treatment for severe burns.
Riverview police said that 24 hours into the investigation, detectives were able to locate a witness who identified Shaya, a Victor’s Market employee, as the person responsible for setting the victim on fire.
According to the witness, the victim was wearing a backpack that was saturated with lighter fluid. The fluid was presumably leaking from inside the victim’s backpack.
In an attempt to verify if the fluid was flammable, Shaya held and activated a lighter, which was too close to the victim. This caused the victim’s shirt to ignite and set the victim on fire.
Prior to his sentencing on Friday, Shaya apologized to the family and the court, saying he was sorry it happened and that it was “no more than an accident.”