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

Matthew D. Krueger, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, announced that on July 28, 2020, a federal grand jury indicted Joshua M. Lusk (age: 32) of Milwaukee, for arson and attempted arson, causing an injury to a Milwaukee Fire Department firefighter, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 844(i) and 2.  The arson occurred at a residence located at 2120-2122 North 40th Street, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 

If convicted of the arson and attempted arson causing injury to a firefighter, Lusk would face a mandatory minimum of seven years and a maximum of 20 years in prison. He also would face a fine of up to $250,000.

“As alleged in the indictment, Lusk engaged in senseless violence, attempting to destroy the home of innocent people,” said United States Attorney Krueger.  “I commend the excellent work of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Milwaukee Police Department in investigating this matter. The Justice Department is committed to working with state and local authorities to ensure public safety in Milwaukee.” 

“Our partnership with the Milwaukee Police Department and the United States Attorney’s Office continues to hold those responsible for violent crimes accountable for their actions,” remarked Special Agent in Charge Kristen deTineo of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) of the Chicago Field Division.

Milwaukee Police Chief Alfonso Morales remarked: “The Milwaukee Police Department would like to thank all law enforcement that worked tirelessly on this investigation.  This is just one example of how having strong relationships with our local, state, and federal partners can have a positive impact on the members of the city of Milwaukee.” 

The ATF and the Milwaukee Police Department investigated the case, which will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher Ladwig.

A criminal indictment is merely a formal method of charging an individual and does not constitute inference of his or her guilt. An individual is presumed innocent until such time, if ever, that the government establishes his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

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Updated July 28, 2020