- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) - A judge has lowered bond for a Devils Lake man suspected of burning down a Hardee’s restaurant.

KZZY radio reports that Judge Donovan Foughty on Monday lowered the $250,000 bond that was set earlier for 24-year-old Michael Ott to $150,000.

Ott faces felony arson and burglary charges along with misdemeanor drug-related counts in the Oct. 25 arson fire that authorities allege he set to cover up a burglary. No one was hurt in the fire, but Ramsey County State’s Attorney Lonnie Olson says $1 million in damage was done.

Ott could face more than 16 years in prison if convicted on all charges. He’s due back in court Jan. 8 and could enter pleas then.

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This version reflects that initial bond was not set by same judge.

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Information from: KZZY-FM, http://lrradioworks.com

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