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Arsonist is sentenced for DUI

Eugene Fassi, the Orlando man convicted of torching his house two years ago to collect insurance money, was sentenced to 14 months in jail Wednesday for drunken driving and driving with a suspended license, court records showed. An Inverness police officer found Fassi slumped over the wheel of a 1980 Buick about 1:15 a.m. May 28, an arrest affidavit stated. The officer reported Fassi had been driving on U.S. 41 and then stopped in a parking lot at U.S. 41 and Montgomery Avenue. During sentencing, County Judge Gary Graham pointed out that Fassi had DUI convictions in 1987 and 1990 and that his license was suspended from a previous DUI case, the court records showed. In addition to the jail time, Graham took away Fassi's driver's license for 10 years, ordered him to pay $3,300 in fines and court costs, attend school for DUI offenders and serve 12 months of probation. The arson case for which Fassi was convicted in January 1990 gained local attention after he and his wife claimed disgruntled contractors were responsible for the blaze.

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