Clayton, MO (KSDK) - A teenager from north St. Louis County will spend the next five years on supervised probation after he was sentenced for deliberately setting fire to four vehicles last spring near his home.
Khadeem Ratcliff, 18 of Florissant, admitted he started the fires during a plea hearing in October. Court records show Ratcliff pleaded guilty to four counts of knowingly burning.
In exchange for the plea, Judge David Lee Vincent ordered the probation and told Ratcliff he would be responsible for restitution to the victims.
Along with the punishment assessed by Judge Vincent, he also ordered Ratcliff to attend regular mental evaluations, maintain full time employment and no contact with the victims.
Judge Vincent told NewsChannel 5 there was, " no rhyme or reason" for why Ratcliff set the vehicles on fire.
"Some people straighten up, and some don't. I certainly hope you will." were the instructions Vincent provided to Ratcliff at the end of the hearing.
If Ratcliff violates the terms of his probation, he will be sent to prison.