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Crime & Courts

Lisle man pleads guilty to setting area playground on fire

Michael A. Bucher
Michael A. Bucher

LISLE – A Lisle man has pleaded guilty to setting fire to and destroying a local playground.

Michael A. Bucher, 23, of the 5400 block of Burr Oak Street, pleaded guilty to one of three counts of criminal damage to property with which he was charged, according to DuPage County State's Attorney's Office spokesman Paul Darrah. The remaining counts were dismissed.

The incident occurred at about 4:40 a.m. Aug. 13, 2013, at Kingston Park in unincorporated DuPage County near Lisle.

About $20,000 worth of playground equipment was destroyed.

Bucher was sentenced by Judge Blanche Hill Fawell to two years probation and 30 days participation in the Sheriff's Work Alternative Program, Darrah said. Additionally, he must pay $7,574 in restitution to the Lisle Park District.

Also charged in the case is Tyler Croy, 22, of the 5500 block of Elm Street. He faces two counts of criminal damage to property and is expected to appear before Hill Fawell on Monday morning, according to Darrah.

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