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WAUPACA - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced today that a former firefighter, Christopher Doering, was found guilty of arson following a no contest plea on June 2, 2010, before the Honorable Judge Philip M. Kirk in Waupaca County Circuit Court. Specifically, Doering was convicted of Arson of a building in connection with a fire at his Waupaca County home in 2005.
According to the criminal complaint filed by the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Doering was home alone on the evening of September 1, 2005. Doering stated that the lights flickered and he reset a fuse. He then noticed fire in his bedroom closet. Doering stated that he tried to put the fire out but was unsuccessful. Doering stated he was familiar with fires as he previously served as a firefighter.
According to the criminal complaint, the clothing worn by Doering on the evening of September 1, 2005, was collected by law enforcement. A Wisconsin State Crime lab analysis of Doering's shoes and blue jeans revealed the presence of a volatile mixture consistent with gasoline.
The criminal complaint was filed in Waupaca County on September 30, 2009.
The case is set for a sentencing hearing on August 2, 2010, before Judge Kirk.
Assistant Attorneys General Erik Peterson and Eric Defort are serving as special prosecutors for Waupaca County.