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Little League arsonist sentenced

By GRAHAM BRINK

© St. Petersburg Times, published May 3, 2000


TAMPA -- A man found guilty of breaking into the Palma Ceia Little League facilities on Himes Avenue last year and setting them on fire was sentenced Tuesday to 40 years in prison.

Kenneth Ingraham, 34, had several previous felony convictions for burglary, among other crimes, and the arson conviction made him eligible for a 40-year sentence under the state's habitual felon guidelines.

Judge Barbara Fleischer also sentenced Ingraham to 15 years on the burglary charge for the Palma Ceia break-in, although the judge allowed the two sentences to run concurrently.

An officer on patrol saw Ingraham in the area a few hours before the fire early June 3. Ingraham was also seen during the fire by another police officer, who took down his name and address.

Investigators said Ingraham broke in through a second-story window of the concrete block building, which housed concessions and stored equipment for about 475 players. He stole equipment and set the fire on the second floor, investigators said.

The league had no insurance to cover the estimated $200,000 in damage.

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