Beam gets probation
A Washington man was sentenced last Friday in connection with a house fire, which was confirmed as arson in October 2013.
Jonathan Leo Beam, 53, pleaded guilty to arson in the second degree, which is a Class C felony, on Jan. 17, his court record said. He could have faced up to 10 years in prison but he was given credit for time served and had his incarceration suspended, his court record said.
Beam was sentenced to five years of probation, was fined $1,000, ordered to pay pecuniary damages in the amount of $118.98, court costs, correctional fees, and court-appointed attorney fees, on March 13, his court records said.
The conditions of his probation are listed as: complying with evaluations and/or treatment recommended by the Department of Corrections; not use any controlled substances or go into taverns, liquor stores, or establishments where the primary activity is the sale of alcoholic beverages; seek and maintain employment; and set up a payment plan for restitution payments, the court record said.
This sentence is in relation to a house fire that happened at the now empty lot located at 2180 Lexington Blvd. in Washington on Oct. 1, 2013, which was listed as Beam’s residence, his court record said. Several fire departments in Washington County responded to the scene. A search warrant was executed at the scene of the house fire, and burn patterns consistent with using accelerants were found, the court record said.
Another search warrant was executed for Beam and his vehicle in Hebron, Neb. His clothes and shoes smelled strongly of gasoline and packages of flares were also found, his court record said.