Police remain at the scene of a fire at 1680 Balfour Blvd. in Windsor, October 25, 2015. (Photo by Mark Brown)

Man Convicted of Attempted Murder in Fire Files Appeal

A Windsor man convicted of three counts of attempted murder and one count of arson after setting his ex-girlfriend’s house on fire has filed an appeal.

Kenneth Kormendy was sentenced to 11 years in prison back in November for the fire that engulfed a Balfour Ave. home in October 2015. Inside, his ex-girlfriend was asleep along with her two children.

An 11-month old child was not hurt in the fire, but a 7-year-old girl, Isabel Rueda, suffered severe burns and was airlifted to the burn centre in Hamilton.

Having already served almost two years in prison, Kormendy’s sentence will be served in 2025. He could be eligible for parole after a third of his sentence is served.

The sentence did not sit well with her father, Jose Rueda.

“Isabel’s life sentence began two years ago as her house and sense of normalcy all burned down,” he responded in a statement issued on behalf of the family. “Whereas Mr Kormendy will only have to serve a laughable portion of his 11-year stint before being eligible for release, his face unknown to the public, the shame and seriousness of his crimes buried under society’s fleeting memory. Isabel’s pain will continue long after this individual has finished paying his debt.”

Kormendy maintained his innocence throughout the trial, and on Wednesday, the Ontario Court of Appeal confirmed to BlackburnNewsWindsor.com, he filed an appeal for his conviction on November 30.

The Crown has appealed the sentence. That appeal was filed November 29.