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A Pana man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for breaking in to an ex-girlfriend’s home and setting it on fire.


56-year-old Brian K. Ferguson was convicted of Home Invasion, a Class X felony, and Residential Arson, a class A felony, back in May. He was sentenced Monday afternoon.


Ferguson could have faced 6 to 30 years in prison on the home invasion charge and 4 to 15 years on the arson charge. After arguments from the state and Ferguson’s defense counsel, Judge Brad Paisley sentenced Ferguson to 22 years in prison. Because the home invasion charge is a Class X felony, he must serve 85 percent of the 22-year sentence, or at least 18.7 years in prison.

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