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Woman sentenced for trying to evict son by arson

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- A Bemidji woman who tried to burn down her trailer house to evict her son was sentenced this week for felony first-degree arson.

Mary June Klasen, 57, was arrested after lighting two fires April 30 at her home at Roosevelt Manor Mobile Home Park. She pleaded guilty June 2.

Klasen received a stayed prison sentence of four years in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee. Her sentence is stayed for 20 years while she is on supervised probation.

Klasen must serve 52 days in the Beltrami County Jail, of which she has been credited with 35 days served, and must pay a $1,000 fine.

According to court documents, Klasen told law enforcement she started the fires in an attempt to scare her son into moving out of her home because she was "fed up with her son living there and doing nothing to contribute."

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