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Former Occupy protester convicted in Fort Collins apartment fire must pay $7.5M in restitution


FORT COLLINS, Colorado — A former Occupy Fort Collins protester convicted of burning down an upscale apartment building under construction must pay $7.5 million in restitution.

The Coloradoan ( ) reports that 37-year-old Benjamin Gilmore and prosecutors reached the restitution agreement before a Thursday court hearing. The money will go to victims and owners of both Mason Street Flats and nearby Penny Flats, which was already occupied at the time of the October 2011 fire.

It caused more than $10 million in damage.

Gilmore, a beekeeper, was sentenced to eight years in prison in December. He has maintained his innocence.

Information from: Fort Collins Coloradoan,

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