Three men sentenced in Hereford House arson

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The former owner of the Kansas City landmark restaurant Hereford House faced judgment day in court on Monday.

Rod Anderson got 15 years in prison, the minimum punishment the judge could have imposed.

Anderson, a well-known man in the community, waved goodbye in handcuffs to his friends and family as he left the courtroom.

The 60-year-old won't leave jail until he's 75. He'll be behind bars for arson and mail fraud.

In 2008, prosecutors say he hired Mark Sorentino and Vincent Pisciotta to torch his downtown Hereford House restaurant for insurance money.

Prosecutors argued for a tougher penalty because the restaurant exploded and put many people at risk.

Anderson says he's not guilty even though he was seen on his surveillance video.

One former employee, Gene O'Dell, cried in court and said he still believes his former boss is innocent.

"I believe in him. I love him. He's a dear friend. I absolutely believe in him," O'Dell said.

The judge sentenced  Pisciotta, 59, to 20 years in prison without parole and Sorentino, 47, to 15 years in federal prison without parole.

The two will be serving time for conspiracy and arson.

Anderson will appeal his sentencing.

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