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Teen sentenced for Delta High School arson

Jeriel M. Brooks (Source: Cape Girardeau Co. Sheriff's Office) Jeriel M. Brooks (Source: Cape Girardeau Co. Sheriff's Office)
Surveillance cameras in the school caught Brooks on camera. (Source: Cape Girardeau Co. Sheriff's Office) Surveillance cameras in the school caught Brooks on camera. (Source: Cape Girardeau Co. Sheriff's Office)
Smoke billowed from the secretary and councilor's office area at the Delta High School on Aug. 13, 2010. Smoke billowed from the secretary and councilor's office area at the Delta High School on Aug. 13, 2010.
JACKSON, MO (KFVS) -

A teenager who pleaded guilty to the August 2010 arson at the Delta High School was sentenced to 10 years Monday.

Jeriel M. Brooks, 19, was sentenced to seven years for a second degree arson charge, three years consecutive sentence for second degree burglary, and three years concurrent sentence for second degree stealing.

He was also sentenced to three years concurrent for second degree burglary in a separate case from June 2010.

Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Lewis placed Brooks in an institutional treatment center program for 120 days.

If he completes the program, Judge Lewis could release Brooks and put him on probation.  If Brooks does not complete the program, he would be required to serve the 10 year sentence.

According to the probable cause statement, police found 31 DVDs in Brooks' home in Delta that matched the description of DVDs stolen from the school in August.

Brooks admitted to stealing $20 to $30 in petty cash, the DVDs and CDs from a teacher's classroom in August, according to the probable cause statement.

He also admitted to unintentionally setting fire to the school by dropping a lit cigarette into papers in the school office.  Brooks told police he dumped the CDs taken from a classroom in the Diversion Channel in Allenville.

According to the probable cause statement, the fire was started in several different places in the school.

Brooks was arrested on a burglary charge on Jan. 26.  Brooks had been charged with a class C felony of burglary and class A misdemeanor of stealing under $500 value of property.  That burglary happened on June 20, 2010 at 196 Stroder Lane near Whitewater, Mo.  Police recovered a safe and briefcase. 

When police searched his home, they found a shake and bake meth lab on Jan. 27, 2011.

Brooks was taken to the Cape Girardeau County Justice Center.

Fire crews were called to the school around 5:30 a.m. on Aug. 13, 2010.  A teacher who normally works early at the school saw his classroom had been broken into, saw the smoke and called 911.

Officials say the fire began in the secretary and councilor's office area and destroyed most everything in the offices.

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