Stevens Point man gets prison in arson case

By  | 

STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- The 62-year-old man convicted of setting fires inside a home last summer will spend two years in prison and five years on extended supervision.

Gary McDonald was convicted of two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and arson after agreeing to the terms of a plea deal in May.

McDonald’s most serious charges—attempted first-degree intentional homicide were dismissed but will be considered during his sentencing hearing Wednesday.

According to a news release from the Stevens Point Police Department, around 3 a.m. on Aug. 24, 2018, police and firefighters were called to the 2500 block of Simonis Street for a fire. Once they got on scene, two of the four residents said they woke up to find their bed on fire. They put the fire out and went upstairs only to find another small fire at the top of the staircase. Then, a third fire was found on a clothes hamper just outside one of the bedrooms. All of the fires were put out before emergency crews arrived at the house.

Police say all of the residents made it out of the house with only minor injuries.

McDonald was arrested a short time later.

McDonald was questioned and he admitted to investigators that he used gasoline to set the bed on fire and started the other two fires before leaving the house.