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Minot man gets 12 years for arson rampage
October 30, 2014 11:39 GMT

AUBURN, Maine (AP) -- A Minot man who went on a rampage last year, setting fire to his home and his estranged wife's home, before ramming her minivan with his truck and attempting to run down a police officer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.

Michael Callahan was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to multiple charges connected to the rampage in May 2013.

Prosecutors dropped a charge of attempted murder.

Prosecutors say his wife had intended to divorce him.

The Sun Journal ( ) reports that she spoke in court Wednesday, saying she lived in fear because of his "vindictive nature" and "above-the-law attitude."

His lawyer says the 45-year-old Callahan is taking several medications for a variety of physical and mental ailments that impaired his ability to make proper judgments.

Information from: Sun-Journal,