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Published February 05, 2014, 02:46 PM

Moorhead man avoids prison in Coach’s bar arson

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man plans to fight a restitution request from the owner of the former Coach’s bar after pleading guilty to setting the downtown building on fire last summer.

By: Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

MOORHEAD – A Moorhead man plans to fight a restitution request from the owner of the former Coach’s bar after pleading guilty to setting the downtown building on fire last summer.

Jeffrey Joseph Little, 29, was sentenced to four months in jail at Wednesday’s hearing in Clay County District Court on a single count of felony second-degree arson.

Another count, of first-degree arson, was dropped as part of his plea deal.

A Clay County prosecutor said in court that Little plans to contest a restitution request from the owner of the downtown bar, which had been long out of business at the time of the July 8 fire.

At a previous hearing, restitution for damages to the building surpass $100,000, prosecutors said.

Little apologized in court for his role in the fire. He is allowed to serve his sentence on work release, and was also sentenced to 10 years of supervised probation.

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