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Gresham man sentenced for starting apartment fire

A 26-year-old Gresham resident, who broke into an apartment on Super Bowl Sunday and lit it on fire, was sentenced to 90 months in prison and ordered to pay more than $16,000 in restitution, the Gresham Police Department reported.

Arsenio Lee Jumping Bull pleaded no-contest to two counts of first-degree arson in connection with a Feb. 2 fire at Highland View Apartments, 4725 W. Powell Blvd.

No one was injured, but two families were displaced, said Detective John Rasmussen of Gresham Police.

Officers and firefighters responded to a report of a disturbance and fire at 12:56 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. First responders struggled to get into the burning apartment as the fire spread, Rasmussen said.

According to police reports, Jumping Bull jumped out of a window after firefighters knocked down flames inside a bedroom. He was immediately taken into custody by police.

Deputy Fire Marshals Shawn Durham and Robert Mottice, who led the arson investigation, determined Jumping Bull had started the fire from multiple ignition points. Police reports indicated Jumping Bull was delusional and under the influence of cocaine and methamphetamine.

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