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N. Idaho arsonist gets 5 years in prison

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - A north Idaho man convicted for burning down his former fiancee's apartment will spend at least five years in prison.

Daniel Keyes, 33, of Coeur d'Alene, was sentenced to up to 20 years Monday, though First District Judge Fred Gibler declared 15 years of that sentence indeterminate.

Keyes was convicted of first-degree arson in March. Prosecutors claimed Keyes, motivated by jealousy, set the fire last August after Desiree Eckard ended their relationship.

In August 2008, Keyes told detectives he started a fire in the fire place and began throwing some of her personal clothing and jewelry items into it. The fire quickly got out of control and spread through the duplex. Keyes said he tried to put it out with a garden hose.

He saw his car catch on fire so he got into it and drove away from the scene at a high rate of speed in order to put it out. He returned to the scene after police and fire had arrived.

Eckard was not in the apartment at the time of the fire and had moved into another residence after previous conflicts with Keyes.

The judge said Keyes' acts were fueled by anger and designed to control and manipulate.

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