Barn fire victim: 'Don't let him get away with this'

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Aug. 27—ELKHART — As an accused serial arsonist awaits a finding on his sanity, a victim of the barn fires that swept three counties last year expressed fears that he could escape justice.

Joseph Hershberger, 42, faces eight counts of arson as a Level 4 felony and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor as a Level 3 felony. Police believe he and 33-year-old Sherry Thomas are responsible for a series of fires in the region between April and October 2021, which destroyed barns, equipment and livestock and at least one Amish school.