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Published July 13, 2010, 10:22 AM

Men sentenced in Turtle Mountain house fires

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Three men have been sentenced to federal prison for fires that burned six homes on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Three men have been sentenced to federal prison for fires that burned six homes on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

Nineteen-year-old Brock Chidester of Rolla and 21-year-olds Troy Trottier and John Houle, both of Belcourt, earlier pleaded guilty to charges of arson and conspiracy.

No one was hurt in the December 2008 fires but the homes burned to the ground.

Acting U.S. Attorney Lynn Jordheim says Trottier was sentenced to three years and five months in prison, Chidester to two years and four months and Houle to two years. The men also were ordered to pay nearly $270,000 in restitution.

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