Winnebago Man Indicted for Arson | USAO-EDWI

Acting United States Attorney Richard G. Frohling of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on April 13, 2021, a federal grand jury returned an indictment against Christian B.M. Crawford (age: 28) of Winnebago County, Wisconsin, charging him with arson of a building in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 844(i).

The indictment alleges that on January 22, 2021. Crawford maliciously damaged the Ridgeway VP gas station in Neenah, Wisconsin, by fire.  If convicted of the charge, Crawford faces a mandatory minimum five-year prison term and a maximum of 20 years of imprisonment.  He also faces a fine of up to $250,000.

This case was investigated by the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office, the City of Neenah Police Department, the Town of Menasha Police Department, the Town of Fox Crossing Police Department, and the Town of Clayton Fire Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel R. Humble.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.    

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