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K-State Student Gets 30 Years For Arson Death

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2013

A Kansas State University student who set a fire that killed a university researcher has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson sentenced 20-year-old Manhattan, Kan., resident Patrick Martin Scahill on Monday for starting the Feb. 6 fire at Lee Crest Apartments in Manhattan that killed 34-year-old Vasanta Pallem.

Scahill admitted he started the fire as a diversion that would prevent police from finding evidence in his residence of an armed robbery and drugs.

Robinson also sentenced 20-year-old Virginia Amanda Griese of Manhattan to 20 years for her role in the fire.

In her guilty plea, Griese admitted buying a 5-gallon gas can and filling it with 4.7 gallons of fuel that Scahill dumped in the apartment complex’s lower-level hallway and ignited.

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