CLINTON, Iowa (AP) - A Clinton man has been sentenced to five
years in prison for his role in a 1999 house fire that injured a
Mark Cady, 47, pleaded guilty last month in Clinton County
District Court to a Class D felony charge of conspiracy to commit
arson. He was sentenced last Thursday.
Firefighter Steve Ramirez injured his back May 8, 1999, when a
staircase gave way while he was hauling fire hoses through Katrina
Norton's burning house.
Prosecutors said Cady took $500 from Norton to arrange the fire.
Cady said he then paid a third person to start the fire.
A third person has not been charged because prosecutors have not
determined who set the fire.
Norton pleaded guilty to two counts of insurance fraud last
November and was sentenced to 5 years in prison. She served three
months before her sentenced was reconsidered in February and she
was released.
The fire was considered a closed case for many months until
Ramirez's permanent disability claim led the Clinton Fire
Department and Police Department to reopen their investigation and
discovered arson.
Norton and Cady were charged in August 2001.
A restitution hearing will be held later to determine whether
Cady will have to pay, along with Norton, more than $92,000. That
includes over $68,000 to Preston Mutual Insurance Co. and more than
$23,000 to the city of Clinton for Ramirez's medical bills.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press.