Lawrence Township, PA – One of the two men who are charged with burglary and arson of a home in Lawrence Township has been sentenced.

22-year-old Stephen Zimmerman of New Millport pleaded guilty to arson, burglary, risking a catastrophe, reckless burning, tampering with evidence, and possessing instruments of crime.

He was sentenced to one to 10 years in state prison.

Zimmerman also must pay restitution of more than $39,000.

The judge called it “senseless destruction”, and the victims say they don’t understand why the men had to set a fire in addition to stealing the items.

The charges date back to a burglary at a home in Lawrence Township on May 24. Not only were the family’s ATV, jewelry, and electronics missing, but someone had attempted to set the living room on fire.

Police were able to track down Zimmerman and 27-year-old Nevin Kruise of Westover, who had been attempting to sell the ATV.

Both men accuse each other of being the one to initially break into the home and set the fire.

Kruise’s case has been continued until September.


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