Judge orders boys to pay after Prophetstown fire

2014-08-14T05:32:00Z 2014-08-14T05:35:06Z Judge orders boys to pay after Prophetstown fireThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 14, 2014 5:32 am  • 

STERLING, Ill. — A judge has ordered two half-brothers to start paying $2,350 in restitution for setting a fire that destroyed eight buildings in downtown Prophetstown.

The boys are now ages 13 and 17. Whiteside County Judge Bill McNeal ruled Tuesday that they will start payments in October. The 13-year-old will pay $10 a month and the 17-year-old will play $25. The money will go to property owners.

The boys are next due in court June 9, 2015. They pleaded guilty to juvenile counts of arson, saying they used a lighter to set a trash bin on fire last year. Both boys are serving five years of probation and community service.

Prophetstown Mayor Steve Swanson estimates damages at $2 million to $3 million.

The judge told the boys to "stay out of trouble."

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  1. Tyler Guth
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    Tyler Guth - August 14, 2014 10:17 am
    It will take less than seven years, klat, but I agree that this is generally stupid.
  2. Wags a lot
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    Wags a lot - August 14, 2014 9:23 am
    I wondered the same thing. Restitution is only effective if it has meaning to the person ordered to pay. I bet one of the parents gives the little one a ten every month. Hopefully the kids are earning and turning over the money.
  3. Klaatu
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    Klaatu - August 14, 2014 9:10 am
    Now, that's silly. How long does that go on? It would take forever to pay it all back. Does it stop when they are 21?
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