PORTSMOUTH, Va. — A Portsmouth man will spend 10 years in prison for setting a fire that damaged the city library’s main branch.
Media outlets report that 35-year-old Tyrone Taylor was sentenced Tuesday in Portsmouth Circuit Court.
A judge found Taylor guilty of arson in August.
The Christmas Day 2010 fire began in the library’s drop box and caused extensive damage to the rear foyer. Smoke and heat also damaged the front of the library and most of its 150,000 books had to be cleaned.
The library remains closed.