CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — A former volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to seven years in prison for setting fires.

The Cumberland Times-News ( ) reports that 24-year-old Patrick Kneisley of Cumberland was sentenced Friday in Allegany County Circuit Court. The judge suspended another 16 1/2 years under a plea deal reached in June.

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Kneisley declined to speak during the hearing. His lawyer says the fires were not set out of malice.

Kneisley pleaded guilty last month to four counts, including second-degree arson, first- and second-degree malicious burning and malicious destruction of property. Each offense was for a separate incident.

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He was originally charged with 24 counts.

Kneisely also must pay about $7,400 in restitution and submit to a psychological evaluation and counseling. He will be on supervised probation for five years after his release.
Information from: Cumberland (Md.) Times-News,

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