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Pair sentenced in Jordan Mill arson fire

A man who pleaded guilty to setting the third largest fire in Columbus history was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison today and his accomplice receive four years in the 2005 fire that destroyed Cartersville Spinning Mill on 29th Street.

District Court Judge Clay Land sentenced Frederick William Bryant, 53, to 10.4 years or 125 months in federal prison on an arson charge in connection with the fire. His accomplice, Gail Louise Setters, 38, was given a lessor sentence of four years after a plea from public defender Christina Hunt of Macon, Ga.

In addition to the sentences, Land ordered each to serve three years on supervised release after serving prison time and ordered restitution of $1.8 million for damages to the structure built in 1906 and for losses to a business owner.

Bryant and Setters were serving time for burglary and criminal damage to property charges when they were charged two years after the arson blaze burned the 210,000 square-foot building known as Jordan Mill.

Setters was in prison under another name when she agreed to talk with authorities investigating the fire. Her help in the case assisted authorities in securing a guilty plea from Bryant, said Michael Solis, an assistant U.S. attorney.

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