The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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August 12, 2013

Man sentenced to prison for setting fire to house

A Hinton man convicted of a torching a house could spend more than 20 years in prison.

Billy Joe Gill had pleaded guilty in July to first-degree arson and malicious wounding. Media outlets report that he was sentenced Friday in Summers County Circuit Court to two to 20 years in prison on the arson charge and one to three years on the wounding charge.

Police also had charged Gill with setting a fire that destroyed a block of apartment buildings known as Brick Row. Prosecutors later dropped that charge.

Both fires occurred Feb. 26.

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