Wisconsin Man Gets 3 Years for Setting Fire to Home

August 11, 2008

An Appleton, Wis. man was said to have received a 3-year prison sentence for setting fire to a home where an occupant was sleeping.

Twenty-one-year-old Jeremy Ruppel apparently pleaded no contest in June to one count of second-degree recklessly endangering safety and was sentenced Friday.

Prosecutors said he placed a bottle containing gasoline outside a duplex last September and ignited it injuring himself in the process.

The fire heavily damaged the outside of the home before the fire department extinguished the blaze.

A person asleep on the second floor escaped unharmed.

Ruppel was apparently angry at the first-floor resident, who wasn’t home and told police he “wanted to get his attention.”

A message left Saturday at the office of Ruppel’s lawyer wasn’t immediately returned.

Source: The Post-Crescent.

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