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SIOUX CITY -- A Sioux City man has been placed on probation for setting a fire that damaged a vacant Sioux City house.

Jesse Bigeagle, 33, pleaded guilty Thursday in Woodbury County District Court to second-degree arson.

District Judge Jeffrey Neary suspended a 10-year prison sentence and placed Bigeagle on four years probation. As part of a plea agreement, charges of first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree burglary were dismissed.

On Sept. 19, Bigeagle set a shirt on fire on a bookshelf inside the two-story house at 417 Ross St. He then left as the fire spread to the rest of the house, which was his home at one time.

The house was under renovation at the time of the fire and was considered a total loss.

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