Hays bar owner pleads no contest to arson

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HAYS, Kan. (AP) — The owner of a popular Hays bar and grill has pleaded no contest to aggravated arson for a fire that heavily damaged the business and damaged six other businesses last October.

Benjamin Michael Butler entered the plea Tuesday in a fire at T-Bone’s Sports Bar and Grill. Investigators say the blaze apparently started when Butler left a candle burning when he left the business.

The Hays Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/11N2twr ) state’s sentencing guidelines mean Butler will likely be sentenced to two years of probation and be required to pay $350,000 restitution to the other businesses damaged by the fire.

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Information from: The Hays (Kan.) Daily News, http://www.hdnews.net

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