July 24, 2014

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Men involved in firebombing sentenced to 2 years probation

CLEVELAND — Two men who cooperated with prosecutors regarding their roles in a North Royalton burglary last year that ended in a firebombing were sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

Carson Decarlo, 19, of Lorain, and Kyle Kadow, 23, of Avon Lake, both testified against Robert Rothrock, 47, of Avon Lake, who was sentenced last week to two years in prison for his role in the June 2008 burglary.

Rothrock was found guilty of burglary by a Cuyahoga County jury last month but was cleared of arson and possession of dangerous ordnance charges he had also faced.

A fourth man, 18-year-old Zachary Rothrock, Robert Rothrock’s son, also was under suspicion in the case, but was killed on Interstate 90 last July. Authorities say Rothrock deliberately walked into traffic after leaving a party in Avon. A semi driver was able to avoid hitting Zachary Rothrock, who was standing in the road, but other drivers were not.

Zachary Rothrock, who had LSD and other drugs in his system, was struck several times and killed.

Prosecutors argued during the trial that the younger Rothrock and Decarlo returned to the home the group had burglarized to destroy the evidence with an improvised explosive device.

As part of their probation, Decarlo and Kadow will have to stay drug-free and employed. They also will be required to do 100 hours of community service.

Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.