- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) - Two people accused of torching a Valley City church to cover up a break-in have been sentenced.

KOVC-AM reports Andrew Miklas has been ordered to spend over 8 years in prison and pay more than $7,400 in restitution. Co-defendant Nicole Lindermann earlier was sentenced to 1 year in prison, with all days suspended.

Miklas and Lindermann had pleaded guilty to a number of charges in connection with the October 2013 incident at Faith Lutheran Church.

Barnes County State’s Attorney Carl Martineck has said Lindermann told authorities Miklas broke into the church and stole cash and three bottles of wine. He later returned to the church with a can filled with paint thinner and started three separate fires.

The fire caused an estimated $2.5 million in damage.

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Information from: KOVC-AM, https://www.newsdakota.com


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