- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

GOLD HILL, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon man who set fire to his foreclosed property after squatters took over his former home has been sentenced to probation.

The Mail Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1GQcXRE ) Shawn Pappe of Gold Hill pleaded no contest on Friday to a charge of second-degree arson. He was sentenced to 18 months’ probation and ordered to pay restitution for the fire.

Pappe’s court-appointed defense attorney said Pappe was upset about losing his home and about the people squatting in it.

According to court records, the 45-year-old Pappe made multiple threats to the squatters. A witness saw him throw burning material into an outbuilding on the property.

That outbuilding and a garage on a neighboring property were damaged by the fire.

Pappe has been in jail on $15,000 bail since his arrest in March.

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Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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