A plea agreement Thursday took two years off the 12-year prison term an East Peoria man was given for setting an occupied house on fire in that city.
Steve Gill, 61, pleaded guilty to residential arson after an aggravated arson charge was dismissed. A jury convicted him of both charges in his 2015 trial.
The Third District Court of Appeals ordered a new trial when it ruled in April that some evidence against him had been inappropriately collected.
Gill was found guilty of using gas to set fire on June 19, 2012, to a one-story home at 118 Bluff St. while its owner and a guest were sleeping. A smoke alarm awoke them. They escaped unharmed.
Hours earlier, Gill had told police in Creve Coeur that the guest had stolen money from him while they were together in a motel room. Star Ashley testified in the trial that she had taken heroin from Gill, her drug dealer.
While free on bond after his arrest, Gill fled to Missouri, where he lived for two years until U.S. marshals tracked him down.
With credit for the 1,555 days he’s already served and day-for-day credit on his new 10-year term, Gill will spend about three more years in prison.