Bemidji man sentenced to almost five years for arson

By: News Director Larissa Donovan

BEMIDJI– A Bemidji man was sentenced today to almost five years in a state prison for arson.

According to court documents, 38-year-old Brian Andy Simon pleaded guilty to first degree arson earlier this month.

The criminal complaint states that Simon set a mobile home on fire in August 2018 near the old Newby’s store, where video surveillance captured a person resembling Simon leaving the area at approximately the same time the fire was set.

Brian Andy Simon, 38, Bemidji. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail.

Simon’s phone was confiscated as a part of that investigation and was subsequently charged with six counts of possessing child pornography.

Simon has already spent over a year in custody, and no conviction has yet been passed on the child pornography charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers all the beats in north-central Minnesota, such as local government, crime, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University.

'Bemidji man sentenced to almost five years for arson' has no comments

Be the first to comment this post!

Would you like to share your thoughts?

Your email address will not be published.

© 2020 HBI Radio Bemidji, LLC d/b/a Paul Bunyan Broadcasting 502 Beltrami Ave NW, Bemidji, MN 56601 This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area