Arsonist sentenced to another 10 months

Andre Conn received 10 more months of jail time and two years probation for setting fire to Grand Forks City Hall.

Andre Conn received 10 more months of jail time and two years of probation on Monday in Rossland Court for setting fire to Grand Forks City Hall.

The fire, which occurred on Sept. 19, 2013, caused extensive damage to City Hall. Conn was arrested later that day by Grand Forks RCMP near the scene of the fire.

He was found guilty on Sept. 11, 2014 of one count of arson causing damage to property.

Conn, who is 32 years old, received credit for 20 months jail time after serving 13 months total. He also received a firearms prohibition and must provide a DNA sample.

The fire gutted most of the first floor of the venerable City Hall building and caused smoke damage to other parts of the building. City Hall is currently being rebuilt at a cost of approximately $1.2 million and is expected to be ready for the Dec. 1 city council meeting, which will be the first of the new council.

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