July 10, 2014 6:35 pm

Lions Hall arsonist sentenced; ordered to pay restitution

WEST KELOWNA — The 30-year-old man who admitted to torching the Westbank Lions Hall last summer has been sentenced to three and a half years, with credit for the three months served.

Kerry Cooper torched the hall to spoil the wedding reception of an acquaintance he didn’t like.

The motive for the arson was a personal vendetta.

Cooper was angry with the bride, Amanda Nevdoff, who encouraged Cooper’s girlfriend to leave him.

Nevdoff was supposed to have her wedding reception at the hall the day of the fire.

Cooper has also been ordered to pay $2,000 restitution to the bride, $1,000 to the Lions Club and $2,500 to the Red Cross, who had operations in the building.

Judge Anne Wallace said “the lesson here, you’ve got to think about your actions.”

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