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Man gets 4 years in prison for arson

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry man was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday after pleading guilty to arson.

Charles A. Campo II, 26, also was sentenced to 364 days in jail for an unrelated aggravated battery charge as part of the plea deal accepted by McHenry County Judge Sharon Prather.

At 12:40 a.m. March 19, a McHenry police officer stopped a vehicle after he saw the people inside make a U-turn in a parking lot and place two bottles on the ground.

Later that morning, employees of Car-X on Elm Street found damage to the building, including smashed windows and fire damage to a hydraulic lift.

A Molotov cocktail had been thrown through the window, and it was similar to the bottles placed on the ground by the two men, one of whom was Campo.

The other man was Campo’s father-in-law, Thomas P. Fleming.

Last month, Fleming was sentenced to 180 days in jail and two years of probation for arson.

Assistant State’s Attorney Dave Johnston said Fleming had cars serviced at Car-X, but he paid with checks that bounced and Car-X eventually filed a police report.

Campo’s conviction for aggravated battery stems from a 2010 incident where a fight broke out at a party and Campo punched a woman in the face, leading to a fractured jaw.

– Sarah Sutschek

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