VISTA, Calif. - A man who set fire to his mobile home in Oceanside, killing his 74-year-old wife, was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Andrew Hollis, 65, was convicted of first-degree murder and a special circumstance allegation that arson was the cause of the fire that killed Gertrudes "Diana" Hollis.
Family members were horrified and made it clear they were hoping for the maximum sentence. "You have taken not just my mother from me you have taken any chance of happiness from my life," said Vera Cunningham the daughter of the victim.
"You have taken not just my mother from me you have taken any chance of happiness from my life," said Vera Cunningham the daughter of the victim.
" You made a deal with the devil for a rundown mobile home and a retirement check for her life so you could live your life out freely," said Marshal Giles the son of the victim.
Deputy District Attorney Natalie Villaflor told jurors that the defendant frequently argued with his wife over money and mounting bills.
Villaflor said Hollis threatened to burn down their home at the Lamplighter Mobile Home Park so his wife could not take it in a divorce.
The prosecutor said the defendant slept in the living room, while his wife stayed in the master bedroom with the door locked.
The victim had limited mobility and was recovering from an October 2014 car crash when the fire broke out on Feb. 22, 2015. The fire started in the living room, on the other side of the wall from the victim's bed, Villaflor told the jury.
Neighbors who rushed to the scene found an injured Andrew Hollis outside, and he told them his wife wasn't home, according to the prosecutor.
As paramedics were treating the defendant for severe burns, he pointed the finger at his wife's adult son, Conrad Giles. Giles had moved out the day before the fire after an ugly argument with his mother, the prosecutor said.
Police investigators later cleared Giles as a suspect.