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Man sentenced to prison for burning down historic home

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A man who set a historic home on fire will spend nearly seven years behind bars.

Randall Becker pleaded guilty in March to charges of arson and burglary. He was sentenced this week to six years and eight months in prison, with credit for time served.

Investigators said Becker burglarized a former refectory for St. Ignatius on the 4500 block of Southwest Woodward Street on Aug. 15, 2012. He then dowsed it in gasoline and set it on fire.

Investigators said his goal was to destroy any evidence he left behind.

Investigators said they first knew the fire wasn't accidental after realizing the owners of the home were eco-friendly and owned no gas-powered machines or tools that would somehow start the fire.

Once they got inside of the home, an arson dog was able to detect traces of gasoline, according to investigators.

DNA evidence placed a career criminal at the scene, according to investigators. And, as it turns out, Becker was treated at a local hospital shortly after the fire for severe burns to his legs.

"He gave us some story about peeing on a camp fire, and he got burned," said lead investigator Rick McGraw with Portland Fire at the time of Becker's arrest.

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