AUBURN, Maine — A Lisbon man who set fire to his wife’s clothing and the house she lived in was sentenced Wednesday to serve four and a half years in prison on an arson charge.

Androscoggin County Superior Court Justice MaryGay Kennedy sentenced Michael Hersom, 42, of 12 Huston St. to 15 years in prison, but suspended 10 and a half years of that term.

Hersom entered a plea to the charge Wednesday; the sentence had been brokered in an agreement between Hersom and prosecutors.

Before he serves that sentence, Hersom must first spend 16 months behind bars, the remainder of an earlier sentence on a charge of operating under the influence.

He also was sentenced to two years for felony violation of condition of release for having contact with his wife, Sherry, to whom he wrote while under a court order to have no contact with her. That sentence will run at the same time as the arson sentence.

After he serves roughly six years in prison, Hersom will be on probation for four years. During that time, he must have no contact with his wife or their 14-year-old son.

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