Probation for Prophets Town Arsonist - News and Weather For The Quad Cities -

Probation for Prophets Town Arsonist

Posted: Updated:
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man Dies From Medical Condition On RAGBRAI

    Man Dies From Medical Condition On RAGBRAI

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:09 AM EDT2014-07-22 14:09:05 GMT
    Photo of riders on day two of RAGBRAI 2014Photo of riders on day two of RAGBRAI 2014
    Officials with RAGBRAI say a cyclist has died on this year's trek across Iowa. According to the RAGBRAI website, a 63-year-old man died while riding on Monday...More >>
    Officials with RAGBRAI say a cyclist has died on this year's trek across Iowa. According to the RAGBRAI website, a 63-year-old man died while riding on Monday...
    More >>
  • QCA Man Competes On NBC's American Ninja Warrior

    QCA Man Competes On NBC's American Ninja Warrior

    Monday, July 21 2014 3:19 PM EDT2014-07-21 19:19:00 GMT
    A Quad City man will test his skills against others when he competes on American Ninja Warrior. Matt Harris has spent most of his life in...More >>
    A Quad City man will test his skills against others when he competes on American Ninja Warrior. Matt Harris has spent most of his life in...More >>
  • Red, White & Boom! Fireworks Rescheduled For Labor Day

    Red, White & Boom! Fireworks Rescheduled For Labor Day

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-22 16:35:58 GMT
    The Red, White and Boom Fireworks display that was canceled due to flooding is getting a second chance this year.The annual 3rd of July fireworks display has been rescheduled for Labor Day, September 1...More >>
    The Red, White and Boom Fireworks display that was canceled due to flooding is getting a second chance this year.The annual 3rd of July fireworks display has been rescheduled for Labor Day, September 1...More >>

As Prophetstown recovers from a devastating fire that claimed a large section of downtown--one of the brothers responsible went before the judge for sentencing.

It was a long hearing where we learned a lot about the now, 17 year old, who pleaded guilty to starting this fire in Prophetstown.  

For one, we learned for the first time, the defendant had already been convicted of arson in 2007 - for starting a fire in a wastebasket at school.

We also learned he was on probation in Wisconsin at the time of the fire last year, for a disorderly conduct incident in 2012.  
It was an emotional court room today.

The mother and the defendant, and his family were crying or holding back tears for some of the hearing today.

The judge heard arguments for about an hour and a half before making what he called a very difficult decision, on whether to send the juvenile to jail, or put him on probation with his mother in Wisconsin, where he has been since the fire.  

The Whiteside County Attorney suggested jail time, saying that given past offenses, juvenile corrections would be a good place for the defendant to receive metal health treatment.  

In the end, the judge gave probation, until the defendant turns 21, but there are several conditions that come with that.
 
That includes continuing to wear a G-P-S monitor on his ankle, something that he's been doing since he returned to Wisconsin.  
 
He also can't handle any incendiary devices, like matches an lighters, no matter the situation, at any time during his probation.  

There are several more conditions that he must live by.  

He is due back in court on August 12, 2014.

 At that time, the judge said he may revoke some of the restrictions, if he has exhibited good behavior to his probation officer.  

Powered by WorldNow

805 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52803

Telephone: 563.383.7000
Fax: 563.383.7131
Email: news@kwqc.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Davenport, Inc. A Media General Company.