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HEPPNER, Ore. -- A former volunteer firefighter was sentenced to five and a half years in prison after burglarizing and burning down a home in November.

The East Oregonian reportsthat 34-year-old Joseph Edward Kindle of Heppner pleaded no contest to arson on Thursday. He also pleaded guilty to theft, burglary and felon in possession of a firearm.

Kindle told the court in Morrow County that he had no excuse for what he did, was sorry and wanted to take responsibility for his actions.

The fire caused more than $60,000 in damage. District Attorney Justin Nelson was unsure whether Kindle was subject to a background check before working as a volunteer firefighter.

He was in prison from 2009 through 2011 and had finished his parole three months before the November arson.

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