Arsonist gets 12 years for 2015 fire

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Carbondale Times

An Evergreen Park man was sentenced to a dozen years in prison last week for arson following a 2015 house fire that gutted a home on West Walnut Street in Carbondale.

Justin D. Brearley, 21, was sentenced to serve 12 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections for his role in a March 29, 2015, fire in the 700 block of West Walnut Street.

According to State’s Attorney Mike Carr, firefighters found the residence fully engulfed in flames after responding to the scene. 

Once the fire was extinguished, it was quickly determined by officials at the scene that the fire was the result of arson.

During the investigation, police learned Brearley had been inside one of the apartments in the structure along with three of his friends. Officers determined that all individuals were able to make it out of the building without injury except for Brearley, who suffered burns to his foot. 

Officers learned from those who had been inside the building that Brearley was responsible for setting the house on fire after getting into a fight with one of his friends, pouring gas on the floor and then lighting it on fire. Brearley ultimately admitted to setting the fire.