Avondale man gets prison in arson case

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Associated Press

Posted on June 23, 2012 at 12:03 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An Avondale man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for trying to set fire to a home in an attempt to collect a drug debt.

U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo also on Thursday sentenced 21-year-old Cedric Kelly to four years of supervised release following his prison term.

Kelly pleaded guilty in January to arson and drug charges. Prosecutors said the victim's video surveillance system showed Kelly using a gas-soaked towel to set fire to the home on March 2, 2011.

Nobody was injured in the fire, which didn't cause extensive damage.

Prosecutors say Kelly was trying to collect a $7,000 debt that the homeowner's son owed for crack cocaine.

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