Clearfield County man pleads guilty to arson, burglary

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County man accused of trying to set fire to a home after he burglarized it will serve time in a state prison.

The incident happened on May 24 in Lawrence Town­ship, Clearfield County, where two men stole an ATV from a residence and then entered the home, police said.

Once inside, they rummaged through a bedroom, broke open a lock box, stole jewelry and removed other items before pouring gasoline on the floor in the living room and starting a fire, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

The fire damage was limited to the living room.

Nevin Edward Kruise, 27, Westover, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clearfield County Court to arson, burglary, risking a catastrophe, possessing instruments of crime and tampering with evidence for his part in the crime before Judge Fredric J. Ammerman.

Ammerman sentenced him to 12 months to 10 years in state prison. He must also pay more than $56,000 in restitution.

In August, his co-defendant, Stephen Jon Zimmer­man, 22, of New Millport pleaded guilty to the same charges and was given the same sentence.

Zimmerman was taken into custody after he was reported to be trying to sell the ATV through Facebook.

He told investigators about Kruise’s involvement, leading to Kruise’s arrest.

Each of them claimed the other entered the home first and started the fire.