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Second spa owner admits to burning business

December 3, 2019

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — A second owner of a Vermont spa has pleaded guilty to setting the business on fire a year ago.

Kristopher Kirby of East Montpelier, co-owner of the Sundara Day Spa in Berlin, pleaded guilty Monday to a felony count of first-degree arson.

The Times Argus reports that the 48-year-old agreed to a suspended sentence of two to 10 years, except for 18 months to serve. His lawyer had no comment on Tuesday.

Kirby’s wife, 49-year-old Lesilee Kirby, pleaded guilty in September. She agreed to a sentence of two to seven years, all suspended except for nine months. Six of the nine months will be home confinement because of health issues. A phone message was left with her attorney.

Police say the Kirbys plotted to burn down the spa due to financial issues.

A family who lived upstairs escaped unharmed.