VINCENNES, Ind. — A man has pleaded guilty to setting a string of fires in one of Indiana’s oldest communities, including one that destroyed a department store building dating to the 1850s.

A Knox County judge sentenced 24-year-old James Beamon this week to six years in prison and four years on probation for five arsons in Vincennes over a three-year period before his arrest in 2014. The Vincennes Sun-Commercial reports (http://bit.ly/2bG0eMy ) the property loss totaled more than $1.2 million.

The largest blaze in December 2011 destroyed the former Gimbels Department Store building in the city that was Indiana’s territorial capital from 1800 to 1813.

Beamon’s plea agreement calls for restitution to all victims, but county Prosecutor Dirk Carnahan says Beamon is indigent and any meaningful restitution is unlikely.


Information from: Vincennes Sun-Commercial, http://www.vincennes.com

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