Bridge Arsonist Sentenced to 90 years in Prison

A western Indiana man has been sentenced to 90 years in prison after being convicted of setting fires that destroyed one covered bridge and damaged another.

Jesse Payne was sentenced Monday, a month after a Parke County jury found him guilty but mentally ill on three counts of arson.

Authorities say Payne set fires that burned down the Jeffries Ford Bridge in 2002 and damaged the Bridgeton Covered Bridge in 2005.

He also allegedly tried to set fire to the Mansfield Covered Bridge in 2005.

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