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Barberton man who set fire to Firestone Mansion sentenced


FAIRLAWN, Ohio — A Barberton man who admitted to setting a fire at a historic home in Summit County earlier this year was sentenced Tuesday.

Donavin Gowin, 18, previously pleaded guilty to arson at the Firestone Mansion back in January. It took several area fire departments to control the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

In court Tuesday, Gowin was sentenced to 18 months in jail. All but 10 days were suspended. He will serve those 10 days over the Christmas holiday. He was also sentenced to five years of community control.

Gowin was also ordered to pay $96,000 in restitution to the victim in the fire and must register as an arson offender.

Three juveniles were also charged with criminal trespassing in the case, but Fairlawn police said they were not involved with setting the fire.

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