Woman sentenced for 2014 arson

A Dowagic woman was sentenced to prison for her role in a fire set at a Three Rivers business six years ago.

Fawn Mott, 35, was sentenced Monday by St. Joseph County Circuit Court Judge Paul Stutesman.

Stutesman ordered Mott to serve between 30 months and 10 years in prison, with 603 days credit for time already served, for her role in a June 2014 arson at Walmart.

In addition, she was sentenced to 18 months to five years for a 2017 first-degree retail fraud theft, 18 months to two years for resisting arrest and 18 months to 10 years for possession of meth.

Mott had pleaded no contest to the charges after she was found competent. While on probation in July 2017, she tried to steal items from the store, fled from police and had meth on her when arrested, authorities said.

In June 2014, a woman later identified as Mott, was captured on Walmart security video loitering for some time in the store. She then used a notepad of paper to start the fire in the clearance section of the hardware department, investigators said.

The store discarded all produce and meat, as well as anything that may have been damaged by smoke or water. The loss was reported to be tens of thousands of dollars.

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