- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) - A Quincy man accused of setting a blaze that destroyed a downtown hotel has pleaded guilty to a burglary charge.

The Quincy Herald-Whig reports (http://bit.ly/1fYcdvr) that 25-year-old Mathew C. Clark entered the plea Tuesday in Adams County court. He faces up to 4 1/2 years in prison when he is sentenced in March.

The Sept. 6 fire destroyed the historic Newcomb Hotel, which had been abandoned. The city of Quincy paid to demolish the building and cleanup of the site is expected to start this month.

Prosecutors dropped a criminal damage to property charge against Clark.

Clark has been held on $200,000 bond since he was arrested Sept. 16. The judge denied a Tuesday request from Clark’s public defender for bond to be reduced. Instead the judge revoked Clark’s bond.

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Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig, http://www.whig.com

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