Hereford House

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A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions and sentences of three men found guilty of torching the landmark Hereford House restaurant in October 2008.

The 8th U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected the claims of restaurant co-owner Rodney J. Anderson and his two co-defendants, Vincent Pisciotta, and Mark A. Sorrentino.

In September 2013, a federal judge sentenced Anderson, a well-known civic leader, to 15 years in prison. Pisciotta received a 20-year sentence and Sorrentino a 15-year sentence.

Prison For Three In Hereford House Arson

Sep 9, 2013
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Three Kansas City men convicted in the 2008 arson-destruction of the popular Hereford House restaurant have 14 days to appeal their sentences. The terms range from 15 to 20 years.

Fifteen years are ordered for landmark-restaurant owner Rod Anderson, depicted at trial as suffering in the throes of financial failure and desperate for the fire insurance money.

There was trial evidence Anderson had tapped his children’s trust funds and his mother’s IRA, trying  without success to stave off bankruptcy.

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As prosecutors  work to bolster their case to a Kansas City federal court jury, it's apparent  the State is on a path leading events directly to the fiery 2008 arsonists' explosion at Hereford House Restaurant.

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Testimony and evidence have started to flow out of the arson and fraud trial stemming from the 2008 fire that destroyed a well known Kansas City restaurant.

Indicted: Unsolved Arson Case Lingers No Longer

Jun 22, 2010
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Kansas City, MO – The former owner of the Hereford House Restaurant in Kansas City has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges that include arson and mail fraud.

57-year-old Rod Anderson allegedly gave an unidentified co conspirator a key and alarm code to the restaurant at 20th and Main. The Hereford house restaurant burned in October 2008.

Damage was set at more than a million dollars.

The indictment contends Anderson told the insurance company the loss was close to $2.4 million.