Brian S. Voyles has been sentenced on charges of third-degree arson and criminal mischief (value between $1,500 and $5,000).
Otoe County District Court Judge Jeffrey Funke sentenced Voyles to two years in the Nebraska Department of Corrections on the arson charge (a Class IV felony) and one year on the criminal mischief charge (a Class I misdemeanor).
“The evidence bears out that you intended to set your house and your mother’s house on fire,” Funke told Voyles during sentencing. “Your actions put society at risk.”
Funke added that the court was concerned that society would also be at risk if Voyles received probation.
The sentences will be served concurrently, and Voyles will receive credit for 87 days already served. He will also receive 12 months of post-release supervision from the Otoe County Probation Department.
Voyles was accused of setting two fires in Nebraska City on Dec. 3, 2015. The first damaged his residence in the 600 block of 4th Avenue, and the second damaged the home of his mother in the 400 block of 4th Terrace.
Public defender Michael Ziskey has filed an appeal in this case, and a hearing is set for 10:30 a.,. Tuesday, June 14, in Otoe County District Court.