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Livermore Falls man gets 17 years in arson case

AUBURN (AP) -- A Livermore Falls man who says he has set about 1,000 fires has been sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Scott Violette was sentenced Tuesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court after pleading guilty to setting fire to a secondhand store near his apartment in February 2011. The blaze caused $100,000 in damage, but no one was hurt.

The 39-year-old Violette was on probation at the time for setting fire to a Norridgewock laundry in 2003.

Reportedly, a judge ordered him to serve the remaining 12 years of his sentence in the Norridgewock case, and five years for the 2011 fire.

Violette's lawyer says his client has a "controllable mental health issue" a therapist says is caused in part by severe abuse as a child.