Finance clerk gets 3 years prison for burning down City Hall

Finance clerk gets 3 years prison for burning down City Hall
A KVAL News viewer photo of the Mill City fire

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A former finance clerk has been sentenced to three years in prison for burning down City Hall in a Linn County town.

Prosecutors said the fire in September 2010 was an attempt to cover up evidence of the theft of more than $20,000 from Mill City.

The town of about 1,800 opened a new city hall last year.

A city official said at the sentencing that the fire also created divisiveness and mistrust in the community.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports
that Joy Marie Cronin was convicted March 1 of arson and sentenced Friday.

She was ordered to pay $373,000 in restitution.

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Information from: Albany Democrat-Herald, http://www.dhonline.com

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