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Granby man admits to 2011 arson, gets four-year prison sentence 

Scott Szaban<br/><br/>GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Scott Szaban

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NORTHAMPTON — A Granby man accused of arson pleaded guilty in court Wednesday.

Scott Szaban, 47, of 399 East State St., was sentenced by Judge Bertha Josephson in Hampshire Superior Court, to four years in state prison after he admitted to setting a fire in September 2011 that destroyed a Granby home and other charges, according to the Northwestern District Attorney's Office.

Szaban also pleaded guilty, Tuesday, to two counts of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and breaking and entering in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony.

Szaban admitted to breaking into the 92 Chicopee St. home, which was unoccupied at the time, and set fire to it on Sept. 27, 2011. The assault charges were brought after he pointed a laser-equipped pellet gun at law enforcement officials when they went to his trailer in February 2012 to arrest him on a warrant in connection with the fire.

Ted LaBorde, whose family owned the home, described the impact of the fire in a victim impact statement, thanking Granby Fire Chief Russ Anderson for helping him navigate the challenges that followed the destruction of his family’s homestead.

“It is the hope of the District Attorney’s Office that this sentence provides some closure for the LaBorde family as they move forward, as well as a measure of security for the town of Granby,” said Assistant District Attorney Matthew Thomas, who prosecuted the case.

Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of the Granby man who prosecutors say started a 2011 house fire that “burned the memories and hopes” of the family that owned it.

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