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Sparta Arsonist Sentenced to five years

July 25, 2012

Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that Bradford White, 38, of Sparta, Wis., was sentenced on July 20 by U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb to five years in prison without parole for arson. White pleaded guilty to this charge on May 22, 2012.

On December 10, 2011, there was a fire at Fast Eddies Liquor and Convenience store in Sparta. A surveillance video showed a vehicle backing into the store, breaking the window. White got out of the car, entered the store, and using liquor as an accelerant, set the store on fire.

The charges against White were the result of an investigation conducted by the
Sparta Police Department; Monroe County Sheriff's Office; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, State Fire Marshal's Office. The prosecution of the case has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth Altman.


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