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Man who set house on fire in standoff sentencedPosted on Jan. 9
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Man who set house on fire in standoff sentencedPosted on Jan. 9

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GREAT FALLS (AP) - A 39-year-old Great Falls man who was involved with a standoff with police in May that ended with him setting a house on fire has been given two five-year suspended sentences.

James B. Messick was also ordered to pay $380,000 to his insurance provider for destroying the house. Court records say he was distraught about a divorce at the time.

Deputy Cascade County Attorney Steve Bolstad and Messick's attorneys reached a plea agreement that called for Messick to be given two six-year deferred sentences on charges of arson and felony criminal endangerment.

District Judge Dirk Sandefur opted for the suspended sentences, which Bolstad says places more restrictions on Messick.

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