Kalamazoo teen sent to prison for assaulting girlfriend and setting room on fire

Posted at 3:16 PM, Sep 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-14 21:12:57-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A Kalamazoo teenager was sentenced Monday afternoon for breaking into his girlfriend’s bedroom, assaulting her and setting her room on fire.

Adam Shigwadja, 19, was sentenced  to from 29 to 60 years in prison for home invasion and arson.  The crime  took place almost a year ago. His 17-year-old girlfriend survived the attack.

Investigators say Shigwadja was waiting in his girlfriend’s home for multiple hours before assaulting the teen with a knife. They say he then set her room afire while she was still in it,  with hopes of killing himself and allowing her to watch. This happened back in September 2014, apparently sparked by the couple breaking up.

The victim’s brother reportedly fought Shigwadja off, which is when Shigwadja jumped out of a second-story window to escape.

Court records show the victim had filed a personal protection order against Shigwadja in 2013 for stalking, but a judge denied that request.