1 of 5 convictions linked to arsons vacated

Joseph McIntyre. (file photo)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan Court of Appeals has thrown out one of the convictions against a man responsible for a string of arsons in Grand Rapids and Kentwood.

Joseph McIntyre is serving 20 to 40 years in prison. He was convicted of five counts in connection to several 2010 arsons in neighborhoods near the Woodland Mall.

In a ruling issued Tuesday, the Michigan Court of Appeals upheld all but one of those convictions.

The court overturned one conviction for home invasion, saying the garage McIntyre set on fire did not meet the definition required for home invasion.

Due to the number of convictions, the ruling is not expected to lead to a shorter sentence.

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