BARRON COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced a man on reduced charges in a Barron County circuit court case stemming from grass fires which led to Justin Cloud’s arrest.
Cloud was a volunteer fireman with the Barron Fire Department at the time of the fires and, according to a press release from Barron County Chris Fitzgerald, had responded to one of the fires as a fireman. The Barron Fire Department suspended Cloud at the time of his arrest.
Charges of Felony Arson of Property Other Than Building, Felony Intentionally Set Fire to Another's Land, Felony 2nd-Degree Recklessly Endangering Safety, and Misdemeanor Negligent Handling of Burning Material were filed against Cloud according to online circuit court records.
At a hearing on October 13, 2020, the Court accepted Cloud’s plea of guilty to 3 counts of Misdemeanor Negligent Handling of Burning Material. The remaining charges against Cloud were dismissed and read-in.
The Court ordered a withheld sentence for Cloud; 2 years of probation; and 30 days jail which may be served by 240 hours of community service work to be completed within 1 year. Conditions of probation will require Cloud to continue with mental health treatment and follow-up with recommended treatment and he must also participate in a restorative justice program/conference that may include the victim(s).