Elkhart teen will not go to prison for arson at Oxbow County Park

ELKHART, Ind. -- The Elkhart teen who burned down the observation tower at Oxbow County Park will not go to prison!

Monday morning, a judge sentenced 19-year-old Mitchell Birr to a three-year work release, nine years of probation, and 1,200 hours of community service.

He has also been ordered to pay more than $69,000 in restitution.

Birr pleaded guilty to arson in August.

He said he burned down the 38-year-old tower last summer because he was bored.

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