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Howard City man sentenced to prison in connection to barn fires in Mecosta Co.

A Howard City man will now spend the next 15 years behind bars for his part in a string of barn fires in Mecosta County.


32-year old Theodore Chester Cosnowski III, was sentenced this week on multiple felony charges.


He was sentenced to 11 months to 15 years for each of his three third-degree arson charges and then four to 10 years for a third-degree home invasion charge.


A second-degree home invasion charge was dismissed by the Mecosta County Prosecutor’s Office.


Cosnowski, along with Derek Austin Keeler, of Sparta, and Jacquelynn Mae Harris, of Morley, were charged for setting three separate barn fires on Oct. 1 in Deerfield Township.


An additional fire had allegedly been set in Montcalm County.

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