Probation and restitution ordered for Arnold arsonist

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ARNOLD, Neb. (KNOP) - UPDATE: Aug. 22, 2019
The woman who tried to destroy her bar in Arnold, Nebraska, gets probation and is ordered to pay restitution. Fifty-four-year-old Jane Chestnutt was sentenced Thursday in Custer County District Court.

Chestnutt pleaded guilty earlier this year to starting a fire to a bar she was trying to buy in Arnold. Chestnutt was sentenced to 5 years probation for criminal mischief and 5 years for attempted arson. Both sentences will run concurrent.

Judge Karin Noakes told Chestnutt to pay $5,861 to Lee Eastburn, the bar's former owner. Chestnutt was also give 30 hours of community service to a local fire department in the next 30 days. She must also go to counseling and submit to random drug testing and searches.

A woman accused of setting fire to a bar she was buying has taken a plea deal.

Custer County District Court records said 54-year-old Jane Chestnutt pleaded guilty last week to criminal mischief and attempted arson. Prosecutors reduced the charges and dropped one in exchange for her pleas.

Chestnutt is scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 22.

The March 27 fire last year heavily damaged Jim's Bar in Arnold. The bar owner said he was selling it to Chestnutt and her husband and that she had said she was having trouble making the payments.

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