Woman sentenced to probation following fire at Savoy bus shelter

Woman sentenced to probation following fire at Savoy bus shelter

URBANA — A woman who was arrested following a fire at a Savoy bus shelter has been sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Octavia Sunderland, 19, who listed an address in the 900 block of West Kirby Avenue, Champaign, was sentenced on Monday after she pleaded guilty to one count of criminal damage to property.

As part of a plea agreement, a second charge of arson was dismissed.

According to a sheriff's office report, police and Savoy firefighters were called to a Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District bus shelter that was on fire at the Indigo Apartments, 117 Sterling Court, Savoy, at 7:35 p.m. July 30.

The MTD estimated damage to the shelter at $7,500, according to the report.

Firefighters determined that the fire started when a poster inside the shelter was set on fire.

Lt. Ed Ogle said an MTD bus driver had picked up a few passengers at the stop and overheard one of them say she had tried to put the fire out but couldn't. The driver dropped that passenger off at the Savoy 16. Deputies then found Sunderland at the movie theater.


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rsp wrote on January 07, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Must have decided to ignore the probation she was already on. And by that I mean her and the court. 

wilsona wrote on January 08, 2013 at 2:01 am

Even worse...she wasn't on probation.  She was serving 12 months of conditional discharge for aggravated assault/deadly weapon/rifle.  Surely she should have to go back to court for violating the conditional discharge and be resentenced.  She is dangerous, no doubt.

rsp wrote on January 08, 2013 at 3:01 am

I read it too fast. It looks like there's restitution in there which is a plus but there are 60 days to be served which didn't get mentioned in the story. Actually 59 days.