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Transient sentenced for Lebanon arson

Joshua Lee Laub was sentenced to 37 months in prison for first-degree arson with 36 months of post-prison supervision. 

He was fined $200 and ordered to pay restitution of $78,000 to the insurance carrier. 

Laub pleaded guilty to the charge on Aug. 1. 

Laub, a transient, was arrested and charged May 24 in connection to a fire that occurred at a residence in the 300 block of Russell Street. 

Firefighters responded to the fire at 8:05 p.m. on Feb. 7. Lebanon Fire District investigators determined the cause was arson. 

Linn County detectives conducted the criminal investigation and determined that the residence was in foreclosure, with no one living there at the time of the fire, retired Sheriff Bruce Riley said at the time. The damage to the residence as a result of the fire was in excess of $75,000. 

Investigators identified Laub as a person of interest based on tips from the public, Riley said, and Laub ultimately confessed to starting the fire.