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DeKalb man gets probation for setting fire to Streator camper

A DeKalb man was sentenced Thursday to 3 years probation after pleading guilty to setting fire to a camper in Streator.

Nathaniel J. Austin, 43, also listed in Streator, pleaded guilty to arson, a Class 2 felony carrying 3-7 years in prison. He agreed to make $4,150 restitution and was granted 30 months probation with assorted conditions including random testing.

In open court, Assistant La Salle County State’s Attorney Matt Kidder said Streator police had seized video footage of an individual at the scene on June 19 in the 300 block of South Park in Streator. The camper was “fully involved.”

The owners of the camper identified the suspect as Austin, and acquaintance whom they refused to admit into their home the previous night because he’d been drinking.

Austin declined an opportunity to address Chief Judge H. Chris Ryan Jr. before sentencing. Defense attorney Donald Zuelke declined comment, as well.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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