Probation Sentence for setting Brother's Barns on Fire

WATSEKA — A Livingston County man will serve 48 months probation for a Class 2 felony of arson.  43-year-old Leon Kaeb of Forrest admitted in Iroquois Circuit Court he set fire to two barns on his brother’s property near Loda back in January.

Kaeb was also ordered to pay fines totaling $750 and to receive a mental health evaluation.  Before the plea, he was facing a potential seven-year prison term.

Kaeb was arrested Jan. 20 for setting fire to two barns on Jan. 18 at a farm owned and operated by his brother, Eric Kaeb.  Both structures were a complete loss, with damage estimated to be in excess of $30,000.

Court records showed a dispute between the brothers led to the arson offense.


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