Nauvoo woman sentenced to 180 days in jail, 36 months probation in hotel fire

Posted: Aug. 20, 2014 12:37 pm Updated: Sep. 10, 2014 1:15 pm

NAUVOO, Ill. -- A former Nauvoo hotel employee accused of setting fire to the hotel in July pleaded guilty to arson and was sentenced Monday in Hancock County Circuit Court.

Judge Richard Gambrell sentenced Terri E. Gatewood, 34, of Nauvoo to 180 days in the Hancock County Jail with credit for 40 days already served, 36 months probation, and to serve 100 hours of public service work. She also was ordered to pay $2,261.19 in restitution for the damage to the Nauvoo Inn and Suites on July 9 and pay a total of $1,897 in fines and court costs.

Gatewood pleaded guilty on one count of Class 2 felony charge of arson to have a Class X felony charge of aggravated arson dismissed. Had she been convicted of the Class X felony, she could have faced up to 30 years in prison.

She was employed by the hotel at the time of the incident.