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Woman admits burning home, gets 3 years in prison

TNS Regional News • Apr 26, 2013 at 9:13 PM

A North Canton woman was sentenced to three years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to charges of arson and insurance fraud for setting her home on fire.

Rose Ann Butts, 41, was accused of setting fire to her McKinley Avenue home in April 2012. The fire spread to two nearby houses before firefighters brought the blaze under control.

No one was injured.

She was arrested in February following an investigation by North Canton firefighters and police as well as the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Debris from the fire was analyzed and an accelerant was detected. Arson was determined as the cause of the fire, authorities said.

Butts subsequently was charged with three counts of aggravated arson and one count of insurance fraud.


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