CROWN POINT, Ind. (AP) -- A northwest Indiana man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after he acknowledged he burned down the home of a police officer and her three children.
The Times reports 24-year-old Christopher Costello apologized to Lynwood police Officer Kelly Johnson in Lake County court Friday.
The Dyer man pleaded guilty last fall to arson in a plea agreement in which prosecutors dropped charges of attempted murder of Johnson's three children.
Costello has said he set the fire to his neighbor's home in 2008 because he "hates cops" and knew Johnson was a police officer. He also says he knew the house was occupied. Johnson wasn't home, but her children were.
Defense attorney Paul Stracci says Costello has no criminal record and the arson was an aberration.