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Teen sentenced for arson at high school

Teen sentenced for arson at high school

March 30th, 2011 in News

DELTA, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Missouri teenager has been sentenced to a 120-day drug treatment program for setting fire to a high school.

Meanwhile, a judge on Monday told Jeriel Brooks that he could go to prison for up to 10 years if he doesn't apply himself to the treatment program administered through the Missouri Department of Corrections.

The fire occurred in August at Delta High School. If Brooks complies with the order and completes the treatment program successfully, the judge told him he will likely order probation.

Brooks pleaded guilty to felony arson earlier this month. Authorities say he stole a small amount of money, along with several DVDs and CDs from the school's office, then set fire by dropping a lit cigarette into a pile of papers.