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Moiliili man gets 10 years for arson fires

Moiliili man gets 10 years for arson fires

HONOLULU (AP) — A 47-year-old Moiliili man has been ordered to serve 10 years in prison for a series of arson fires in Honolulu in May 2011.

The Star Advertiser ( ) reports Thomas Chong was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty in January to seven counts of arson.

Prosecutors say Chong set fire twice to the same car and also set four residences on fire.

The car belonged to a friend of his ex-girlfriend, and the residents of the home he set on fire were connected to his ex-girlfriend.

When Chong was arrested police say he had burn marks on his face from a fireball from one of the fires.

The Hawaii Paroling Authority will decide how much of the 10-year term Chong will have to spend behind bars before he is eligible for parole.


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