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Iowa man in arson case sought incarceration

June 17, 2014
Associated Press

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — A Marshalltown man accused of setting two fires in April says he wanted to commit a crime so he could be incarcerated.

The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports (http://bit.ly/1iEX8zQ ) 48-year-old Van Gentry made the comments Monday during a probation revocation hearing linked to a separate forgery case.

Gentry is accused of setting a local church building and trailer home on fire in April. Records say Gentry later went to a police station and admitted to both crimes.

Gentry is charged with two counts of second-degree arson, second-degree burglary, third-degree theft and four counts of animal abuse. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.

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Information from: Times-Republican, http://www.timesrepublican.com

 
 

 

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