TUSCOLA — Two boys who admitted setting a fire that destroyed a century-old building in downtown Villa Grove are responsible for paying more than $126,000 in restitution to the owners of the building.
On Wednesday afternoon, Douglas County Judge Mike Carroll ordered the two Villa Grove boys, one 14 years old and the other 9, to pay a total of $126,076 in restitution following the Aug. 10 fire that destroyed a building at 10-12 S. Main St. and damaged structures on either side.
"They both owe the whole amount," said Douglas County States Attorney Kevin Nolan. "At this point, they each owe half. But should one of the parties die, the other party would be responsible to pay the entire amount."
No one was injured in the fire at the abandoned building, half of which was owned by Jerry Clodfelder of Camargo and the other half by Hong Zhang of China.
The 14-year-old boy pleaded guilty to arson in September and was sentenced to 30 days' detention (the maximum allowed), three years of probation, 100 hours of public service and to have no contact with the other boy who helped him set the building on fire.
He was also ordered to submit to a psychological evaluation and treatment, including residential treatment for behavioral issues if that is recommended.
The 9-year-old boy pleaded guilty to arson in November, was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to perform 50 hours of public service. He's too young to be jailed, according to state law.
He was also ordered to get a psychological evaluation and treatment if needed and to stay away from the other boy.