CADILLAC — A 19-year-old Cadillac teen pleaded no contest in Wexford County’s twenty eighth Circuit Court docket to prices and was given a delayed sentence for his half within the fireplace on the now-demolished McKinley Elementary Faculty.

Levi Sopath Oung pleaded no contest to third-degree arson for his reference to the incident occurring on Oct. 1, 2019, in Cadillac. A no contest plea will not be an act of contrition however is handled as one at sentencing. It additionally permits the court docket to find out guilt from the overview of the police report.

As a part of the plea, a breaking and coming into a constructing with intent shall be dismissed at sentencing. He additionally was positioned on a delayed sentence for one yr and, if profitable, he’ll be capable of enter a responsible plea to a misdemeanor cost of arson of private property of $200 to $1,000. Additionally, as a part of the sentencing settlement, Oung is to offer truthful testimony towards a codefendant within the case.

A codefendant was charged on this case, however Wexford County Prosecutor Corey Wiggins beforehand stated he couldn’t go into extra element as a result of particular person’s age.

McKinley was closed after the 2010-11 faculty yr for varied causes, together with a funds shortfall and declining enrollment. The varsity opened in 1958. It’s at present zoned residential, based on Cadillac zoning.

The Cadillac Hearth Division was dispatched at 4:30 a.m. Oct. 1, 2019, to the report of a construction fireplace on the vacant faculty situated at 601 E. North St., based on a press launch on the time of the fireplace.

As soon as on the scene, firefighters encountered “heavy fireplace circumstances‘ with flames venting via the roof, the press launch stated. Firefighters labored to include the fireplace and forestall it from spreading all through the constructing. Hearth crews contained the blaze to a single wing earlier than it was extinguished, based on the press launch.

On the time of the fireplace, Cadillac Space Public Colleges Superintendent Jennifer Brown stated the fireplace destroyed one of many three wings on the faculty and one part of the roof. There have been various levels of smoke harm to the remaining elements of the constructing. Brown stated to convey the constructing again as much as code would price tens of millions of {dollars}.

In consequence and resulting from security considerations, the CAPS Board of Training voted in December to demolish the constructing after asbestos abatement and unsafe supplies elimination have been full.