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Lincoln man sentenced in arson case

A Lincoln County man has been sentenced to prison for trying to hire someone to burn down another man’s house, prosecutors say.

Zulfiqar Ali Kacho, 40, of Vale, was sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn Jr. to 33 months in prison. Kacho pleaded guilty in July 2013 to one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence, affecting interstate commerce.

According to court records, Kacho solicited a man in March 2013 to burn down the home of a man who Kacho said had wronged him. The man Kacho tried hiring was an undercover agent, according to prosecutors.

During the March 8 meeting, according to prosecutors, Kacho asked the agent to burn the house “to the ground,” and he provided the agent with details about using gasoline or petroleum in the crawl space to start the blaze. Prosecutors said Kacho and the agent met again March 13, with Kacho offering $1,000 – $300 in advance – to start the fire.

Kacho was arrested two days later.

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