Man gets 90 years for covered bridge arson firesMay 16, 2018
By The Associated Press
ROCKVILLE — A western Indiana man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison after being convicted of setting fires that destroyed one covered bridge and damaged another.
Jesse Payne was sentenced Monday, a month after a Parke County jury found him guilty but mentally ill on three counts of arson.
WTHI-TV reports authorities say Payne set fires that burned down the Jeffries Ford Bridge in 2002 and damaged the Bridgeton Covered Bridge in 2005. He also tried to set fire to the Mansfield Covered Bridge in 2005.
The Tribune-Star reports that Payne was found incompetent to stand trial after he was arrested following the Bridgeton Covered Bridge fire.
He was found competent to stand trial last year after receiving several years of treatment at the Logansport State Hospital.
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