Jail Time Ordered for Man Convicted in Taylor Co. Arson Fires

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

One of four people convicted of causing $250,000 during a series of arson fires will spend seven months in jail and must serve 500 of community service.

During a plea deal Tuesday in Taylor County Circuit Court, Chris Zak, 20, pleaded no contest to two counts of arson. As result, three other felony charges were dismissed. If he violates the terms of his bond, he will have to serve seven years in prison.

In all, there were four arson fires; three barns and one abandon home. The fires took place between August and November 2011 in Rib Lake and Medford.

Prosecutors says former Rib Lake firefighter, Jason Schmudlach asked his friends to start the fires so he could put them out. Schmudlach is serving a five year prison sentence.

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