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Iowa Man in Arson Case Sought Incarceration

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    June 17, 2014 | 6:58 pm

    MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) A Marshalltown man accused of setting two fires in April says he wanted to commit a crime so he could be incarcerated.

    The Marshalltown Times-Republican reports 48-year-old Van Gentry made the comments Monday during a probation revocation hearing linked to a separate forgery case.

    Gentry is accused of setting a local church building and trailer home on fire in April. Records say Gentry later went to a police station and admitted to both crimes.

    Gentry is charged with two counts of second-degree arson, second-degree burglary, third-degree theft and four counts of animal abuse. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges.