Two Marshfield men convicted in what investigators say is a crime ring involving numerous incidents of arson, burglary, theft and criminal damage property will both spend five years on probation.
Christopher Bialozor, 21, and Ryan Winslow, 19, along with six other people are accused of committing nearly 100 crimes in Clark and Wood Counties.
In October, Bialozor reached a plea deal with prosecutors and pleaded guilty to six felonies, including burglary, forgery, criminal damage to property, and three charges pertaining to vehicle theft. As results nine other charges were dismissed.
Winslow reached a similar plea deal in September. He pleaded guilty burglary, two counts of bail jumping, and four charges related to car theft. Fifteen other charges were dismissed.
Clark County Chief Deputy Jim Backus said a property damage report on January 3 led investigators to arson fire and evidence leading to an arrest.
Backus tells WEAU-TV, "The initial call from a citizen indicated that a picnic table was backed over by a truck. Using the truck's tracks left in snow, Backus said the responding deputy then followed a trail of destruction from Snyder Park to a house on Resewood Avenue outside Neillsville. When the deputy arrived he discovered the home was on fire and paged the fire department. Backus said when the smoke settled, deputies found evidence that lead them to other homes.
Bialozor is also scheduled to be sentenced this week in Clark County. He reached a plea deal with prosecutors in August and four charges were dismissed after he pleaded guilty to two counts of burglary.
Winslow will also return to Clark County Court this week for a telephone conference.