Columbus Woman Pleads No Contest to Arson Charges

COLUMBUS, Neb. (AP) - A 28-year-old Columbus woman has made a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest in an arson case. Ebtihal Albaiaty had been charged with arson, accused of setting fire on April 30 last year to a house she had been renting. Prosecutors lowered the charge to attempted second-degree arson and dismissed a drug charge in exchange for her plea. Authorities say Albaiaty had received an eviction notice only days before the fire. No injuries from the fire were reported. She faces up to five years in prison at sentencing, which is scheduled for April 19.