Columbia man sentenced for college arsons

01/24/2014 6:58 AM

01/24/2014 6:58 AM

A Columbia man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for setting fires at two college campuses.

The U.S. attorney's office says 28-year-old Christopher Curtis Kelley also was ordered Thursday to pay $591,114 in restitution.

Kelley was found guilty of two counts of arson last year for setting fires in 2011 at the University of Missouri-Columbia and Stephens College.

Federal prosecutors accused Kelley of starting fires at 10 locations at the university's Ellis Library. That disrupted library services for a couple of days. Water damage also forced the temporary closure of the Missouri State Historical Society, which is located at the library.

Damage was less extensive from the fire that Kelley was convicted of setting at the Audrey Webb Child Study Center at Stephens College.

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