10-year term for arson, meth

A Mt. Olive man who was arrested on aggravated arson and methamphetamine charges a little more than a year ago has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Judge Don Sheafor sentenced Brian T. Thompson to prison after Thompson pleaded guilty to aggraved arson and possession of methamphetamine.
Thompson will serve concurrently a 10-year sentence for the aggravated arson offense and two years for the methamphetamine charge.
Aggravated arson is a Class X felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, and the meth offense is a Class 3 felony that carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
As is the case with all Class X felonies, Thompson will be required to serve at least 85 percent of the 10-year sentence for the aggravated arson offense. He was given credit for 388 days served in jail since his arrest.
As part of the plea agreement in the case, the office of State’s Attorney Joshua Morrison agreed to dismiss a Class 2 charge of arson and a Class 4 charge of criminal trespass to a residence.
Thompson, who was represented by Fayette County Public Defender Ed Potter, was arrested on those charges after he allegedly set on fire a vehicle at the John Cearlock residence on North Zent Drive in rural Vandalia in the early morning hours of April 7.
After his arrest, Thompson was taken to the Fayette County Jail and, because he was on parole at the time, Thompson was turned over to state prison officials on an Illinois Department of Corrections warrant.
Thompson was paroled in September 2013 after serving a prison sentence for charges of driving while his license was revoked and driving under the influence of alcohol (second DUI offense).
He previously served prison terms for the offenses of aggravated DUI causing bodily harm, narcotics, manufacture/delivery of a look-alike substance, residential burglary and knowingly damaging property.

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