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MN man sentenced for setting fire that killed his daughter

Jamey Marie Newport, 22, died on July 23, 2019.

Nearly two years after he set the fire that killed his daughter, a central Minnesota man has been sentenced to nearly two decades in prison.

John Sean Newport, 46, burned down his Paynesville mobile home in July 2019, with his daughter — 22-year-old Jamey Marie Newport — still inside. 

She was ultimately found inside the bathroom of the trailer and later pronounced dead at Paynesville Hospital, while John Newport was arrested at the scene.

On Friday, he was sentenced to 18 years behind bars on 2nd-degree murder and arson charges.

Per the charges, Jamey Newport had called police to report that her father was pouring gasoline inside their home and threatening to start it on fire. Dispatchers soon lost contact with her.

Investigations later revealed that the two had been in an argument, while John Newport had mentioned burning down his mobile home in a Facebook post. 

According to West Central Tribune, there were no victim impact statements at the sentencing, and when Newport was asked if he had anything to say to the court, he answered that he had nothing further and to "get it done and over with."

The paper notes that he had pleaded guilty as part of an agreement with prosecutors in May. 

Per WCCO, the 18-year prison sentence was an "upward departure" from sentencing guidelines due to the "particular cruelty” of the crime, and the fact that Newport's daughter was “particularly vulnerable.”

The station says that four of the family's five cats also died in the fire. 

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