A Vermont man is now in a Connecticut jail, accused of paying two men to burn a Thomaston barn.
Kevin Maslak, 52, was serving a year in a Northern Vermont prison for a repeat drunken driving offense and was extradited earlier this week.
The fire happened in the summer of 2008 at a barn that Maslak's ex-wife owned. Neighbors reported hearing explosions before the barn behind Shirley Maslak's home was nearly destroyed by fire, police said.
Inside the barn was a mint condition 1989 Chevy Corvette. It was destroyed and other contents in the barn lost.
Fire investigators determined it was arson, but it took awhile to build a case against Shirley’s ex-husband.
Thomaston investigators say he was angry over their divorce settlement and debt. They say Maslak tried to recruit someone to set fire to the large, two-story barn for five years.
Court documents claim Maslak paid a Litchfield man $2,500 to set the fire. David Usher, 37, is charged with first-degree arson and is being held while awaiting trial.
Maslak was arraigned in Bantam Superior Court on Wednesday on a charge of conspiracy to commit arson.