(Herman) A Lowell man was sentenced yesterday (Monday) to four years in prison for setting fire to his former home. In June, Benjamin Mueller entered a no contest plea to a felony count of Arson of a Building. A Sheriff’s deputy responded to a home on Hillside Road in April of 2017 after one of the residents reported that the basement was on fire.
The deputy said that Mueller was distraught and combative when questioned. The property owner told investigators that if the fire seemed at all suspicious Mueller was (quote) “your suspect.” The property owner also told deputies that Mueller was not allowed at the residence. Following an examination of the scene by a Wisconsin Deputy State Fire Marshall, he determined that the blaze was the caused by (quote) “the application and subsequent ignition, [by] open flame of an ignitable liquid.”
The fire’s damage was contained to the basement however there were signs of smoke damage to the upper floors. At sentencing, District Attorney Kurt Klomberg said intentionally setting fire to a residence is dangerous in the extreme and incarceration is necessary to protect the public. The 42-year-old was also placed on extended supervision for 15 years.