SAWYER COUNTY -- The Court has sentenced the man charged and convicted for the arson of the memorial for Sawyer County Deputy Michael Villiard in June 2020.

DrydenWire.com published a press release on June 11, 2020, from the Sawyer County Sheriff’s Office which stated that a suspect had been arrested for the arson of the memorial.

During an investigation into a Rusk County domestic abuse incident, the Ladysmith Police Department received information that Jason Desecki had intentionally set fire to the memorial on June 2, 2020.

Desecki was located at a residence in the Town of Bass Lake in Sawyer County on June 9, 2020, and placed under arrest.

At a bail hearing on June 11, 2020, the Court placed Desecki on a $2,500 cash bail bond which was posted a few days later.


Online circuit court records show that Desecki was charged with Class I Felony Arson of Property Other Than Building; two counts of Misdemeanor Criminal Damage to Property; and Misdemeanor Resisting or Obstructing.

At a hearing on November 13, 2020, Desecki was sentenced for the conviction of Class I Felony Arson of Property Other Than Building. The remaining charges against Desecki were dismissed but read in.

The Court ordered a withheld sentence for Desecki, with 3 years of probation. Conditions of probation will require Desecki to pay $2250 to Sawyer County Sheriff's Office along with $150 restitution to another individual as well as $414 in fines/costs. Desecki was also ordered to undergo all programming and counseling as directed by the Department Of Corrections.



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