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Man Pleads guilty to Lodi Restaurant Arson

August 2, 2012

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Thomas L. Matje, 46, of DeForest, Wis., pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Madison to arson for the December 27, 2011 fire that destroyed Fat Boys Pizza in Lodi, Wis.

During the plea hearing, Matje told U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb that he used lighter fluid to cause a fire that spread from an electrical outlet in the kitchen of the restaurant. Matje explained that the pizza business he operated was unsuccessful and he wanted to try and “get rid of it” through the arson.

Judge Crabb scheduled sentencing for October 9, 2012. Matje faces a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years, a $250,000 fine, and restitution for losses caused by the fire.

The charges against were the result of an investigation conducted by the Lodi Police Department; Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, State Fire Marshal; and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Anderson.



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