Former Mayor Gets 5 Years for Arson

1 decade 2 years 3 months ago Friday, August 03 2007 Aug 3, 2007 Friday, August 03, 2007 1:31:22 PM CDT August 03, 2007 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A former mayor of Kirksville is sentenced to more than five years in prison for setting fire to a popular hangout for college students that she owned in the northeast Missouri town. Deborah Masten was also ordered today to pay a $2,000 fine during sentencing in St. Louis. Masten did not have a listed telephone number. Her attorney declined comment. Masten was serving as mayor and owned Too Tall Two Eatery and Spirits with her husband, Steve, when the fire was reported in the early hours of January first, 2005. The establishment was a gathering spot for many years for students at Truman State University. Though badly damaged, it was able to reopen. Prosecutors say the fire came after Masten had run up years of debts.

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