Digital Access

Digital Access
Access saukvalley.com from all your digital devices and receive breaking news and updates from around the area.

Home Delivery

Home Delivery
Local news, prep sports, Chicago sports, local and regional entertainment, business, home and lifestyle, food, classified and more! News you use every day! Daily, Daily including the e-Edition or e-Edition only.

Text Alerts

Text Alerts
Choose your news! Select the text alerts you want to receive: breaking news, prep sports scores, school closings, weather, and more. Text alerts are a free service from SaukValley.com, but text rates may apply.

Email Newsletters

Email Newsletters
We'll deliver news & updates to your inbox. Sign up for free e-newsletters today.
Local

Dixon man gets 12 years for attempted murder

Felon set fire to apartment building after fighting with resident

Christopher Owens
Christopher Owens

DIXON – A 21-year-old Dixon man who set fire to an apartment building after a fight with a resident was sentenced to 12 years in prison for attempted murder.

Christopher Owens, sentenced Monday in Lee County Court, set the fire at 511 W. Third St. on Sept. 20. The blaze engulfed the building's south, west and north sides.

About an hour before, police had responded to a fight involving Owens and one of the tenants, a man who lived in the same apartment targeted by Owens.

None of the seven people inside the building at the time of the fire were injured.

Owens must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, a little more than 10 years, then must register as a violent offender for 10 years.

He had been charged with seven counts of attempted murder and four counts of aggravated arson, each punishable by 6 to 30 years in prison. Ten were dropped as part of his plea agreement.

Owens already has a criminal history.

On Nov. 24, 2012, armed with a steak knife, he kicked in the door of a house on West First Street and took money from a woman. Last July, he was sentenced to 30 months of probation for trespass to a residence. Home invasion, armed robbery and armed violence charges were dropped.

In October 2011, he pleaded guilty to criminal defacement of property for breaking into a garage the month before. In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped a burglary charge.

In August 2011, after he pleaded guilty to the Feb. 3 break-in at Al & Leda’s Pizzeria, he was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge plus jail time served.

He also has misdemeanor convictions for theft and consumption of alcohol as a minor.

Loading more