Prolific Pa. arsonist gets at least 20 years

SCRANTON, Pa. - December 15, 2011

A Lackawanna County judge sentenced 48-year-old Stephen Giacobbe on Wednesday to 20 to 40 years in prison for setting eight fires since 2007. Giacobbe pleaded guilty to arson charges in September.

Authorities say Giacobbe had been linked to 20 more fires but couldn't be prosecuted because of a five-year statute of limitations.

In interviews after his arrest Giacobbe claimed to have set more than 30 fires in the last three decades.

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