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Joseph Hershberger sentenced for role in barn fires

50 years in prison.  That's the sentence handed down by a judge in Elkhart County for a man charged with burning eight barns.

 

Jospeh Hershberger, 42, pleaded guilty to eight counts in the series of fires.  The judge suspended 46 years of the initial 96 sentence.  He's also scheduled to decades of probation following his release and to pay $80, 000 restitution.

 

Hershberger must still face further arson charges in Kosciusko and Marshall counties.

 

Hershberger's girlfriend, Sherry Thomas, also faces eight counts of arson for her role.

 

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