Girdwood man sentenced for arson

Posted: Monday, January 25, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A man convicted of burning down his Girdwood home in September 2007 was sentenced Friday to seven and a half years in prison.

William Halliday was convicted in July of arson and violating the Fraudulent Insurance Act.

Assistant District Attorney Emma Haddix says Halliday's house had fallen into disrepair and he had talked to friends about burning the house for insurance money.

Girdwood firefighters and a neighbor entered the burning home looking for Halliday, who was not inside. Prosecutors say firefighters were unable to fully respond to another Girdwood fire a few hours later.

Prosecutors say Halliday presented a $95,000 claim to his insurance company.

Superior Court Judge Philip Volland said the crime was premeditated and serious.

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