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Knox man sentenced in arson case

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A Knox man found guilty of burning his home down was sentenced Thursday.

In April, Kenneth Fortuin, 49, pleaded guilty to one count of arson in the third degree, and one count of obstructing firefighting operations. He was sentenced to a minimum of 2 1/3 to a maximum of 7 years in State Prison. He was also ordered by the court to pay restitution in the amount of $149,624.54 to cover the cost of the damage from the multiple structural fires.

On February 5, officials say Fortuin intentionally burned down his house and several buildings located on his property in the town of Knox.

Fortuin cut down several large trees and blocked the roadway, preventing firefighters from performing their duties. He also warned firefighters that he possessed a loaded handgun and threatened to shoot them if they proceeded onto his property.

Fortuin has had an outpouring of support from his family and community.

“We don't know what exactly happened that night. Whatever it was we know he's on the right track right now. We are just praying and wish in him the best,” said one supporter, Richie Sanderson, Sr.

Sanderson is one of the dozens of people who offered support Thursday morning, standing by Fortuin. He says the community came together to raise money to offset costs after the 49-year-old.

“Since it was Ken, there was no mistake. That's how much he was loved and how much people appreciated him. He was one of the best contractors out there. He was a man of his word. Very honest, and a very good friend,” he said.

Fortuin says he takes full responsibility for his actions. In court it was revealed that he was going through a divorce and his attorney went on to say he was on a downward spiral.

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