McDonald receives six years in IDOC
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By BETH ZUMWALT
Travis McDonald, 37, was sentenced to six years in the Illinois Department of Corrections after he plead guilty to three counts of arson. McDonald is alleged to have set fire to Lynch Livestock in Griggsville, two times and to a tractor-trailer unit parked on the Lynch’s lot, last September.
In addition to the IDOC sentence, McDonald is to pay restitution in the amount of $389,221 and $1,000 in fines.
He will receive credit for 141 days already served.
Sept. 12, 2022, Pike County Dispatch received a call about a fire at Lynch’s Livestock, located at 31539 State Highway 107 in Griggsville. Firefighters from Griggsville, North Pike, Pi
ttsfield, Baylis and East Pike were called to the scene but, the fire had too much of a head start. They were able to save a small building in the back of the building
Two days later, dispatch received a call of another structure fire at Lynch’s Livestock. This time the west building of Lynch’s Livestock was on fire.
The next day, another call came in to dispatch concerning a truck tractor semi-trailer that was fully engulfed while parked at Lynch’s Livestock.
McDonald was arrested on Thursday, Sept. 15.