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North Dakota arsonist to serve additional time

Spencer Norton, left, speaks to the South Central District Judge John Grinsteiner at his sentencing hearing for arson at the Burleigh County Courthouse in Bismarck on Friday. Mike McCleary / Bismarck Tribune

BISMARCK -- A 37-year-old Bismarck man was sentenced Friday for burning his fiancee's home.

Spencer Norton, 37, was convicted of felony arson in May for the the 2017 house fire that heavily damaged Yvette Howell's home in Bismarck. On Friday, a judge sentenced Norton for arson to serve one year and one day after his current three-year sentence for threatening to harm police that investigated the fire.

The judge also included two years supervised probation, waived all court fees and credited Norton's time served in jail. The judge reserved a decision on restitution.

Norton was sentenced in July for felony terrorizing for threats against police during his time in jail awaiting proceedings for arson.

Defense attorney Kent Morrow said Norton intends to appeal the verdict for arson.

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