A Chicago man convicted of lighting a deadly house fire in Central Peoria will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Aunterrio Barney, 37, was handed two consecutive life sentences for murder and thirty additional years in prison for aggravated arson during a formal hearing on Thursday. Barney's life sentences were mandatory under state law due to the nature of the crime for which he was convicted last month.
Barney had been accused of setting fire to an apartment at 1212 N. University Street on April 21, 2010 after having a fight with a woman who lived there. Youlandice Simmons, Brianna Simmons, Darresse Roddy, and two-year-old Darryl Miller, Jr. died in the blaze. He fled the area shortly after the fire, but was found about two months later in North Carolina.
Barney maintains he was not the one who started the blaze. It appears he may be readying an appeal.