Second Metro-East man gets prison for role in arsons

Second Metro-East man gets prison for role in arsons

Second Metro-East man gets prison for role in arsons

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Posted on January 4, 2013 at 6:17 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 4 at 7:43 AM

BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) -- A southwestern Illinois man has been sentenced to nine and a half years in prison for his role in a string of arsons and break-ins.

St. Clair County Chief Judge John Baricevic sentenced Nicholas Haegele, 20, of O’Fallon on Wednesday on three counts each of arson and burglary. A co-defendant, Bryan Boide, 24, of Belleville, already had been sentenced to a decade in prison.

Haegele and Boide were arrested in May after a property owner saw them walking around with flashlights on his property. The man grabbed his shotgun, held the pair at gunpoint and walked them to a neighbor’s home where police were called.

Prosecutors had sought a 14-year term for Haegele.

 

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