56th Street fire

A fire burns on a property near 56th Street and Yankee Hill Road on Friday evening

A Lincoln man has been sentenced to three years in prison for starting a fire in October at the acreage near 56th Street and Yankee Hill Road he rented from his parents, causing $350,000 damage.

Christopher Svoboda, 31, pleaded no contest to second-degree arson.

On Oct. 5, a 911 call came in about flames engulfing a barn and shed at 8707 S. 56th St. at about 8 p.m., and part of the home was ablaze by the time fire crews arrived.

No one was injured in the fire.

Investigators determined it was arson and learned Svoboda had called his roommate at about 5 p.m., saying he'd crashed his truck into the house and that he was "going to burn the place down."

Thirty minutes after the 911 call, deputies found Svoboda, reeking of gasoline, walking with his dog near 40th and Yankee Hill.

Monday, Lancaster County District Judge Susan Strong sentenced Svoboda to the prison time, plus two years of post-release supervision.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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