Man sets 2 fires at historic Springfield apartment building

9 months 19 hours 44 minutes ago Wednesday, February 14 2018 Feb 14, 2018 Wednesday, February 14, 2018 10:02:33 AM CST February 14, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been sentenced to a 120-day prison treatment program for setting two fires at a historic Springfield apartment building.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that no one was injured in the fires that Dillon Gilbert admitted setting in May at the Ambassador Apartments, though firefighters had to rescue some residents. The 25-year-old also must serve five years of supervised probation under the sentence imposed Friday for first-degree arson. Violating the probation or failing to successfully complete the treatment program could trigger a six-year prison sentence.

The blaze caused $40,000 in damages, and Gilbert was ordered to pay $11,000 in restitution.

Gilbert is also accused of scrawling messages such as "UR NXT" on the apartment walls. A magic marker found in Gilbert's trash can helped connect him to the fires.

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