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Man Gets 25 Years for Setting Lac Courte Oreilles Fires

Man Gets 25 Years for Setting Lac Courte Oreilles Fires Photo: WDIO

Associated Press
Created: November 27, 2019 11:42 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A judge has sentenced a Hayward man to 25 years in prison for setting a half-dozen fires on the Lac Courte Oreilles reservation because he thought a tribal member had placed a curse on him.
    
Sawyer County Judge John Yackel sentenced 45-year-old Christopher Grover on Monday. A jury found him guilty of 15 counts of arson and criminal damage to property in September.
    
According to a criminal complaint, Grover set fires on July 14, 2012, at a ceremonial lodge, wigwams, a motor home, pow wow grounds, a drum dance circle and two sweat lodges.
    
Police found him hiding in an outhouse on his step-father’s property the next day. His step-father told investigators that Grover thought a tribal member cursed him shortly before he set the fires.
 

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