BURNETT COUNTY --  A man has been ordered to serve time in prison for his conviction of residential arson in Burnett County Circuit Court.

DrydenWire.com reported in December 2018 that Geoffrey Wegleitner had been arrested and was facing criminal charges following an investigation into a residential fire in the Town of Swiss in Burnett County. Inside the residence, investigators found a deceased dog; the homeowner confirmed that the dog had been alive and well that morning.

On December 5, 2018, around 4p, a fire was discovered at the residence. The next day Wegleitner was placed under arrest in Pine County, MN for a separate incident. According to a criminal complaint filed against Wegleitner he told officers that he had burglarized a residence in Burnett County, set it on fire, stolen a vehicle, and he wanted to talk to an investigator about it. Wegleitner was also found to be in possession of a wallet and credit cards, along with wedding rings, and a .38 handgun which were confirmed to belong to the owner of the residence that was set on fire.

Wegleitner was charged with Class C Felony Arson of Building, Class E Felony Armed Burglary, Class I Felony Mistreatment of Animals-resulting in the animal’s death, and Misdemeanor Theft.

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Online circuit court records show that at a hearing on March 2, 2020, Wegleitner was sentenced on a conviction of Class C Felony Arson of Building. The remaining charges against Wegleitner were dismissed but read in at a hearing in January 2020.

The Court ordered a 22-year sentence for Wegleitner; 12 years of initial confinement in state prison to be followed by 10 years of extended supervision. Wegleitner will serve that sentence consecutive to any sentence he serves on a Minnesota criminal conviction he is also facing, according to online circuit court records.

Wegleitner was ordered to undergo both a mental health assessment and an alcohol and other drug assessment, and comply with any treatment recommendations.

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Last Update: Mar 05, 2020 11:38 am CST

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