A retired Chicago police officer was sentenced after pleading guilty to criminal damage to property when he set a well known Naperville Squatter’s tent and other possessions ablaze in July 2016.
James Povolo, 73, was sentenced to 2 years of probation and was ordered to pay restitution for burning Scott Huber’s possessions. Huber had been living in a roadside tent for 16 years in protest of city government.
In court Povolo paid Huber $5,000 to reimburse him for damage to his tent and other property, reported NCTV.
Povolo also has to pay $800 to the DuPage county water commission for fire damage to a water meter, as well as serve 5 days in the Sheriff’s Alternative Work Program and have no future contact with Huber.
Huber said in court that Povolo “desecrated a temple, a shrine to American freedom.”
Huber said the fire destroyed 10 years of records regarding his protest and said Povolo is part of a “nefarious club” of public officials who he says oppress poor people like him.
Povolo declined to comment on the decision, but his attorney Rick Kayne said Povolo “just snapped” when he lit the tent on fire with a flare from the trunk of his car.
Povolo allegedly made sure no people were in the tent before he started the fire, and he turned himself in to Naperville police several days later.
Watch the NCTV report below:
(Article By James Carter)