Man sentenced to prison after burning down his foreclosed home

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

A man who burned his own house down -- rather than lose it in foreclosure -- has been sentenced.

Douglas Wilcox, 62, was supposed to go on trial for the crime last month, but he pleaded guilty to arson, a class B felony.

On Monday, a judge sentenced him to ten years, with five of those suspended on probation.

It all happened about a year ago in the 21000 block of Sandybrook Drive in St. Joseph County.

Wilcox was supposed to give keys to the new owner the day his home burned down.

After a search that lasted a few weeks, police found and arrested him at a casino in Battle Creek.

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