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Man to serve time, lose property for burning motel

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BELVILLE -- The man who once ran the Town and Country Motel in Belville will now serve at least three years behind bars, and will likely lose all of his property. Authorities arrested Sid Boney in 2006 for selling cocaine out of his motel. About a week after his arrest someone set the Town and Country Motel on fire, but no one ever faced charges for arson. Now that Boney has pleaded guilty to trafficking cocaine, prosecutors say the US marshals will auction off a large chunk of the property where the motel sat. Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore said, "Belville now has the potential to be a much prettier place." Nearby employee Patricciar Loftin said, "It's going to bring much better business to the area and I'm looking forward to that." The town of Belville has already shown interest in buying the property so it can revitalize the area. Since the motel was shut down and cleared out prosecutors say there has been almost no crime in the area.

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