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Green Bay Man Convicted of Two Counts of Arson Following Jury Trial

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that March 10, 2020, a jury seated in the federal district court in Green Bay, found William A. Julius (age: 57) of Green Bay and Menominee, Wisconsin, guilty of two counts of arson.

The evidence presented at trial proved that Julius set fire to a porch at 332 South Madison Street in downtown Green Bay just before 1:00 a.m. on August 20, 2017.  Residents of the apartments located in the upper portion of the building were accounted for and an investigation by the fire department began.  While the fire marshal continued his investigation into the first fire, Julius returned and lit another blaze in front of the main entrance, causing significant fire and smoke damage to the businesses located on the first floor.  Julius was arrested shortly thereafter hiding under a vehicle a few blocks away. 

Julius faces a mandatory five year prison term and could be imprisoned for up to 20 years.  He also faces a fine of up to $250,000.  He will be sentenced before Senior U.S. District Judge William C. Griesbach on June 11, 2020. 

This case was investigated by the Green Bay Fire Department, the Green Bay Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).  It was prosecuted by United States Attorney Krueger and Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

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Updated March 11, 2020