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Kewanee Man Takes Plea Before His Trial Started for Arson


A Kewanee man accepted a plea on the morning of his Bench Trial in front of Judge Terry Patton on November 17, 2022.  Ronald Calloway, 34, pleaded guilty to Count 2 of Damage to Residential Property by Arson (Class 2 Felony) and Count 1 of Residential Arson (Class 1 Felony)  was dismissed by the State.  Calloway received 30 months probation, 180 days in the Henry County Jail, day-for-day credit and credit for time served, fines and assessments, required to seek anger management evaluation and treatment, no contact with the victims and residence and must report to court services upon release from the Henry County Jail.  Calloway is currently on a IDOC hold and must report to court services within 30 days of release from the Department of Corrections if he is transported to an IDOC facility.

On August 11, 2022, around 3:32 AM, the Kewanee Police and Fire Departments responded to the 1100 block of Rose Street for a residential fire. Officers and Fire Fighters observed a fire on the west side of the residence with evidence that the fire was started from outside the house. Officers and Arson Investigators gathered statements and collected evidence from the scene that led to Ronald Calloway being the prime suspect.  Calloway has been in custody of the Henry County Jail on a $100,000 (10%) bond since August 12, 2022.

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