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Marcano pleads guilty to criminal damage to property

Restitution, fines also ordered in McNabb standoff case

Billy J. Marcano
Billy J. Marcano

HENNEPIN — The man who destroyed a McNabb apartment while he held police at bay in a seven-hour standoff in February has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of criminal damage to property.

Billy J. Marcano, 32, now living in the Chicago suburbs, was sentenced in Putnam County Circuit Court Thursday to a year of probation along with $3,864 in restitution and $1,449 in fines. He was credited with 101 days he had served in county jail. Marcano was released in May.

On Feb. 5, Marcano allegedly hacked his way through the door to a restaurant adjacent to his apartment, which was also owned by the restaurant owner. For the remainder of the day, Marcano held off officers who attempted to get him to come out of the residence, while he demolished appliances and fixtures inside.

Marcano initially was considered unfit for trial, having to be heavily restrained during his initial court appearance. However, after a two-month stay in a secure treatment facility, he was deemed fit to proceed with his case.

Marcano initially was charged with burglary, but that charge was dismissed in exchange for Thursday's guilty plea.

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