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Teen who started fire at OHS sentenced

10:58 AM, Aug. 14, 2013  |  Comments
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Oconto County Reporter

A 17-year Oconto boy who set fire to a paper towel dispenser at Oconto High School was granted 18 months probation at his sentencing hearing last week.

Judge Jay N. Conley sentenced Stanley T. Dyal on Aug. 7 to serve a total of 19 months jail on two charges, but stayed the sentence.

One of the conditions of probation was 10 days jail, with credit for two days. He was also ordered to perform 32 hours of community service, pay $129 restitution, a 5 percent restitution surcharge and $268 court costs. He was further ordered to maintain absolute sobriety, undergo AODA and follow-up, not possess or use and weapons and provide a DNA sample.

In a letter to OHS, Dyal apologized to students, teachers and the principal for putting people in danger and disturbing them.

The fire was quickly discovered and extinguished by Oconto firefighters, who happened to be at the school that day for a program.

Dyal wrote he knows what he did "was downright reckless and ignorant."

He was convicted of arson of property other than a building, a felony, and carrying a concealed weapon. Dyal had a small pocketknife in his pocket when he was arrested a short time after the April 17 incident.

Dyal added he had no reason for starting the fire in the bathroom.

"I had no motive for this. I was not thinking clearly," he said. "I got no pleasure out of it only fear and regret."

Conley granted expungement of the conviction if Dyal successfully completes his probation.

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