Ex-Volunteer Firefighter Sentenced in Arsons

May 23, 2012

A teenage former volunteer firefighter has been ordered to spend at least 19 years in prison for setting a series of fires in west-central Pennsylvania.

Nineteen-year-old Anthony Overbeck didn’t speak Wednesday as he was sentenced for the fires he set in the area of Big Run, Jefferson County.

The Punxsutawney Spirit reports public defender John Ingros told the court Overbeck had cooperated with investigators and submitted an apology for setting the fires starting last February. He was arrested last summer.

Investigators say Overbeck set eight fires, including blazes that burned two homes, a bar and a carpet store.

Overbeck had been a member of the Big Run Volunteer Fire Department.

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