Arsonist sentenced to probation for burning cars in Belleville
Zachary Wasserzieher, 20, was sentenced to probation on Wednesday, August 17. He was convicted of setting a half-dozen vehicles on fire in three separate Belleville, Illinois. By KMOV Web Producer
(KMOV) -- A man convicted of setting a half-dozen vehicles on fire in three separate Belleville, Illinois neighborhoods was sentenced to probation on Wednesday.
According to court records, Zachary Wasserzieher, 20, set those vehicles on fire in December 2010. Victims in the case say Wasserzieher's sentence was too lenient. Some victims were in the courtroom when Wasserzieher was handed his sentence of 4 years probation and say they were surprised by the judge's decision.
Brendan Ryan, Illinois State's Attorney, would not discuss the sentencing, other than to say the court record speaks for itself. Prosecutors asked for four and a half years in prison. While probation would be the usual punishment for this crime, prosecutors felt the circumstances of these crimes warranted jail time.