Toquerville woman sentenced for setting 2010 house fire

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A 64-year-old Toquerville woman convicted of setting a house fire in Hurricane in 2010 will avoid spending time behind bars if she completes 100 hours of community service and wears an ankle monitor for a year, a judge ruled.

In September, a jury found Marva Rolena Gerber guilty of first-degree felony arson for setting fire to the home, which she was in the process of buying.

A judge ruled earlier this month that Gerber could wear an ankle monitor in lieu of 240 days in jail. However, if she violates her probation or doesn't complete her community service, she could spend at least five years in the Utah State Prison.

Gerber is suspected of starting a suspicious fire at the same house in September 2009. The first fire resulted in about $70,000 in damage and the second fire caused even more damage, making it uninhabitable, according to police officials.

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