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.

DrydenWire.com reported in May 2020 that Cloud was arrested for allegedly committing arson by setting grass fires.

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).


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