Former Clarkfield resident Aaron Dean Ohlson, 35, of Sioux Falls, S.D. has received a nine day jail sentence, five years probation and a $500 fine for a third-degree arson charge for setting his own Clarkfield home on fire this past summer.
As part of his sentence handed down by District Judge Dwayne Knutsen in Yellow Medicine County District Court, Ohlson was ordered to pay restitution as certified, follow the recommendations of his counselor, not use alcohol or drugs, not enter bars or liquor stores and was also ordered to complete a psychological evaluation and treatment.
According to a complaint report, Ohlson had been golfing and consuming alcohol for much of the day, and had gotten into arguments with family before setting out to destroy the home.
Ohlson initially ransacked rooms and took an axe to cabinetry before emptying a gas container and striking a match to ignite the flames. During an interview with the Deputy Fire Marshall, he said he was "pissed off" and hadn't started the fire for insurance purposes. He also told law enforcement that he had wanted to burn the house down since he was 12 years old.
Ohlson had been charged with first-degree arson before the charges were reduced during a plea agreement. As a part of the agreement, Ohlson also received a stay of adjudication, which will allow for the matter to be wiped clean from his record should he succesfully comply with conditions of his probation.