FLINT (WWJ/AP) – A Mount Morris Township man who authorities say set fire to a Flint retirement home to cover up thefts from residents has been sentenced to prison.

Matthew George Jones, 28, was sentenced earlier this week to five to 20 years in prison after pleaded no contest to arson of a dwelling and first-degree home invasion. He was also sentenced to 215 days for larceny in a building, the Flint Journal reported.

Prosecutors say Jones set the August 2012 fire at Rosehaven Manor after stealing jewelry, money and other items from residents while working as a security guard. Investigators used pawn shop receipts  to tie Jones to the case.

No one was injured in the fire, which was in the same building where officials battled a blaze April 22, 2012, that destroyed 36 units.

A no contest plea is not an admission of guilt, but is treated as such for sentencing purposes.

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