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Iron man sentenced for arson

An Iron man was sentenced to jail time and probation Monday after earlier admitting to setting a series of fires inside his father's mobile home.

Eric Duane Knaffla, 38, pleaded guilty to first-degree arson last month in State District Court in Virginia. He admitted that he set the July 31 fires that destroyed the residence at 8610 North Horseshoe Lane in Clinton Township, just south of Virginia.

Knaffla allegedly admitted at the time that he used matches to set fire to his father's bedding, a toilet paper roll in the bathroom, a piece of styrofoam in a hallway, a cardboard box in another bedroom and a curtain in the kitchen.

He said that after setting the fires, he let two dogs out of the burning home and left with a box of personal belongings, according to a criminal complaint. A motive was not clear from court documents, but Knaffla was said to be "extremely intoxicated " and bothering people in the trailer park earlier that day.

Sixth Judicial District Judge James Florey stayed a 105-month prison sentence in favor of three years of supervised probation, which includes a year at the St. Louis County Jail or the Northeast Regional Corrections Center.

Knaffla also must pay $12,130 in restitution and abstain from alcohol and drug use, among other conditions.

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