A South Thomaston man was sentenced April 22 to five months in jail for setting fire to his home five years ago in an attempt to collect insurance money.

Dana R. Benner, 52, was originally charged with two counts of arson, but one charged was dismissed. He faced one count of class A arson and pleaded guilty to the charge in December 2011.

Benner's sentencing was postponed, in a process called deferred disposition.

Benner was ordered to pay nearly $200,000 restitution and will be subject to three years probation, according to court documents.

The fire occurred Sept. 2, 2008. The home was damaged, but the fire was extinguished through the efforts of the fire departments in the region, according to a previously published report.

Benner is represented by attorney Jonathan Handelman of Brunswick, who requested Benner be sentenced to four years — all suspended — with two years probation and 200 hours of community service.

The state asked for six years, will all but nine months suspended, and three years probation.

Courier Publications reporter Juliette Laaka can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 118 or via email at jlaaka@courierpublicationsllc.com.