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Former PetSmart employee sentenced to six months in jail

Corey Hite was sentenced Monday for the April arson conviction

July 12, 2010|David Seidel | Assignment Manager

ROANOKE, Va. — A former PetSmart employee who admitted he started a fire at the Roanoke store will spend six months in jail. 

Corey Hite was sentenced Monday for his arson conviction. In earlier court proceedings, Hite admitted he was responsible for the fire last November but said it was an accident.  Hite wasn't working a full shift the day of the fire, so he wasn't entitled to a full hour for lunch.  Hite told investigators a napkin caught fire while heating up a chicken sandwich. He said he tossed the flaming napkin in the hallway, where it landed in a display of dog beds.

No people or animals were hurt but the fire caused $1.7 million in damage. Hite was not ordered to pay any restitution.  The prosecutor in the case said the store's losses were covered by insurance.

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