- Associated Press - Thursday, October 19, 2017

AUBURN, Ind. (AP) - A northeastern Indiana man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for causing a library fire by placing a lit, mortar-style firework in a book return chute.

Under a plea agreement, 24-year-old Nykolas E. Elkin of Auburn received 12 years in prison Thursday for an arson charge and two years for violating the terms of his probation in another case. He also received a 2½-year suspended sentence and 2½ years of probation for an unrelated charge of failure to register as a sex offender.

The July 2 fire heavily damaged Auburn’s historic Eckhart Public Library. Experts have estimated it could take a year of restoration work before the library is ready to reopen.

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