Hillsboro Arson Fire Pleas

A Hillsboro man has pled guilty to burning his business in May of 2016 and an employee has also admitted to his involvement in the arson.
Ryan E. Payne, age 38, of Hillsboro, the owner of Payne Tire and Auto in Schram City, and William E. Hirsch, age 50, of Coffeen, were each sentenced to three years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Suspicious circumstances and witness information led the Hillsboro Fire Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and Hillsboro Police Department to conduct an investigation. The year-long investigation resulted in charges against Payne and Hirsch.

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