MINDEN, Neb. — A Kearney man will serve four years of probation and up to 180 days in the Kearney County Jail for setting fire to a Minden business last year.

Judge Stephen Illingsworth sentenced Aaron Stones, 35, last week in Kearney County District Court for felony second-degree arson.

According to court documents, if Stones successfully follows the terms of his probation, 60 days of jail time will be waived each of the first three years. Additionally, he must pay $182 before completing probation and $2,209 in restitution.

Stones used aluminum-based powders and a red powdered chemical to set fire to the front windows and rear door of Pedley Drug in Minden on March 27. A number of molten metal pieces were found in the area.

Similar melted pieces had been found two days earlier at Svanda Pharmacy in Ravenna, where a kick plate on the back door had melted through to the concrete. A foot imprint was left on the metal door.

No one was injured in either fire. Evidence collected led police to Stones.

In January Stones was sentenced to four years of probation in Buffalo County District Court, also for felony second-degree arson.

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