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Milwaukee Man Sentenced to Prison for Arson of Duplex

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 today that Dameon Johnson (46) was sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in the arson of a duplex located on North 37th Street in Milwaukee.  Johnson also will spend three years on supervised release following his prison term.

According to court documents, on November 19, 2019, after becoming upset with his girlfriend, Johnson used the stovetop in her kitchen in an upper unit of duplex to set fire to several pieces of his clothing.  Johnson then piled the burning clothes on the hallway floor, burning a hole through the floor and causing damage to the ceiling of a rental unit on the first floor. 

United States Attorney Krueger commended the quick response of the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) and the collaborative investigative work of MFD, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

By virtue of its statutory authority under the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, ATF initiates investigations and assists in state and local bomb and arson investigations that impact interstate commerce.  ATF has developed scientifically proven investigative capabilities, expertise and resources and has proved that the cooperative effort between trained State and local officers and ATF results in more effective investigations.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Karine Moreno-Taxman.

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Public Information Officer Kenneth Gales 414-297-1700


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Updated July 29, 2020