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Sentencing Hearings Set in KC Restaurant Fire

Posted: Jul 10, 2013 1:54 PM by The Associated Press
Updated: Jul 10, 2013 3:13 PM

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KANSAS CITY (AP) - Three men convicted in the 2008 arson that destroyed a landmark Kansas City restaurant will be sentenced in September.

The Kansas City Star reports Rodney J. Anderson, Vincent Pisciotta and Mark Sorrentino will be sentenced on Sept. 9 for setting the fire at the Hereford House restaurant.

The three men were convicted in 2012 of conspiracy, arson and using fire to commit a federal crime. Anderson, a part owner of the restaurant, also was convicted of mail fraud.

Prosecutors said Anderson was in debt and conspired with Pisciotta and Sorrentino to burn the business and to get insurance money to rebuild.

A federal arson conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence of at least five years, and using fire to commit a federal crime carries a minimum 10-year consecutive sentence.

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