Colorado man gets Nebraska prison time for hotel arson

Posted By: Channel 8 Eyewitness News


A Colorado man has been sent to prison for setting fire to a hotel room in the Nebraska capital of Lincoln.

Online court records show 34-year-old Joshua Berney, of Thornton, Colorado, was sentenced Wednesday to four to eight years. He’d pleaded no contest to felony arson after prosecutors dropped a charge of criminal mischief.        

Authorities say he reported the blaze from his room at the Holiday Inn Express just before 4 a.m. on April 6 last year. Fire sprinklers helped contain the flames to just his room on the second floor, but smoke escaped into hallways.        

Thirty-five hotel guests were evacuated during the fire. Berney was taken to a hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation.