Duluth Woman Sentenced for Holiday Center Arson

By KBJR News 1

Duluth Woman Sentenced for Holiday Center Arson

August 7, 2012 Updated Aug 7, 2012 at 4:15 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) -- A 24 year old Duluth woman received a stay of imposition of sentence for five years of probation after she pleaded guilty last month to aiding and abetting second-degree arson.

The Duluth News Tribune says Heather Anne Zellner will have to stay out of the Holiday Center for the next five years, after her and co-defendant, Sasha Marie Olsen, started a fire in the building's bathroom, causing flooding and more than $2,500 in damage.

The Duluth News Tribune says the Zellner admitted to the crime and she told the court that she put paper in the sprinkler system and Olsen started the fire.

Two elevators had to be shut down what a shaft flooded due to tampering with the sprinkler.

But, if Zellner remains law-abiding and follows the conditions of her probation, the felony arson charge she pleaded guilty to will be taken off her record.

Zellner was ordered to pay $1,558.99 in restitution and to write a letter of apology to the Holiday Center Ownership, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

19 year old Olsen, pleaded guilty to the same crime as Zellner in May and also received a five-year probationary sentence, the Duluth News Tribune says.