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Fairbanks man sentenced for torching own home

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2000

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man was sentenced to two years in prison for burning his home last winter before Alaska State Troopers could evict him.

Robert C. Smith, 58, pleaded no contest to a felony charge of second-degree arson Tuesday and received a three-year sentence from Superior Court Judge Charles Pengilly with a year suspended and five years' probation.

Smith was in the midst of a divorce and under order to vacate the house when he started the Jan. 28 fire. The second story of the log home was heavily damaged in the blaze, which was started with an accelerant, authorities said.

He set the fire after a judge amended a domestic violence protection order against Smith that morning, granting temporary possession of the home to his wife, prosecutors said.



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