Man convicted of arson gets probation
WASHINGTON, Iowa (GTNS) – A Washington man has been sentenced in connection with a house fire, which was confirmed as arson in October 2013.
Jonathan Leo Beam, 53, pleaded guilty to arson in the second degree, which is a Class C felony, on Jan. 17. He could have faced up to 10 years in prison but he was given credit for time served and had his incarceration suspended, his court record showed.
Beam was sentenced to five years of probation, fined $1,000, ordered to pay pecuniary damages in the amount of $118.98 as well as pay for court costs, correctional fees, and court-appointed attorney fees his court records showed.
The conditions of his probation are listed as: complying with evaluations and/or treatment recommended by the Department of Corrections; not to use any controlled substances or go into taverns, liquor stores, or establishments where the primary activity is the sale of alcoholic beverages; seek and maintain employment; and set up a payment plan for restitution payments, the court record said.
The sentence stems from a house fire that happened at the now empty lot located at 2180 Lexington Blvd. in Washington on Oct. 1, 2013, which was listed as Beam’s residence, according to his court record. Several fire departments in Washington County responded to the scene. A search warrant was executed at the scene of the house fire, and burn patterns consistent with the use of accelerants were found, the court record indicated.
Another search warrant was executed for Beam and his vehicle in Hebron, Neb. His clothes and shoes smelled strongly of gasoline and packages of flares were also found in his possession.