Woman accused of setting fire to bar takes plea deal

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ARNOLD, Neb. (AP) - 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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