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Moorhead Dumpster arsonist gets one-year jail term

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead man thanked a Clay County judge "for not sending me to the prison" as he was sentenced to a year in jail Wednesday for a series of arson fires in Dumpsters here last year.

MOORHEAD - A Moorhead man thanked a Clay County judge "for not sending me to the prison" as he was sentenced to a year in jail Wednesday for a series of arson fires in Dumpsters here last year.

Judge Lisa Borgen dismissed nine arson counts against 38-year-old Steven Edward Chenoweth as part of a plea deal that gives him a year in jail, plus five years of supervised probation.

Chenoweth pleaded guilty last month to four counts of third-degree arson, charges stemming from a series of Dumpster fires he set in the Romkey Park area on June 25, July 23, Aug. 2 and Aug. 11. Each fire caused more than $300 in damages, making the charges felonies.

Charging documents state Chenoweth told investigators he likes fires and watching firefighters respond to them.

"You're just lucky it didn't spread to a building," Borgen said Wednesday in Clay County District Court.

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Under the terms of the plea deal, Chenoweth gets credit for the 143 days he has already served. If he violates the terms of his probation, he is set to serve a suspended sentence of one year and five months in jail. He also must pay restitution to the city of Moorhead for the cost of one of the Dumpsters.

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