We Find The Defendant "Not Guilty"

Would you put a guy like this in prison? Keep in mind one of the comments made on this story said the house being built was half a block from a Child Day Care Center.



Madison Wi. - A Cottage Grove man has been arrested in connection with the arson in the town of Cottage Grove at a home intended for a registered sex offender.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office said fire crews were called to 4721 Gaston Circle in the town of Cottage Grove at 7:33 p.m. Sunday and found flames coming from the home when they arrived.

The house was the target of a suspected arsonist on Dec. 8. In that fire, the home sustained $90,000 in damage. It was recently, but is now considered a total loss after the latest fire.

Russell A. Speigle, 50, became a person of interest early in the investigation, officials said. After the second fire, detectives went to his residence on King Drive to speak with him. Detectives then learned he had left town shortly after talking with him.

Sheriff’s detectives found Speigle Monday night at a residence in Muscoda, according to the release. He was taken to UW Hospital and treated for burns. He was released Tuesday, and was subsequently booked into the Dane County Jail on a tentative arson charge.

"What's most alarming -- Speigle lived doors away, endangering public safety and his own neighbors," Dane County Sheriff David Mahoney said Tuesday.

The house was to be the future home of convicted sex offender Howard Nyberg, 40. Nyberg is currently being held at a supervised living facility in Mauston. He pled guilty to second-degree sexual assault of a child in 1994.

Mahoney said Speigle voiced his opposition to the move during a public hearing.

“Like many, he voiced his displeasure, which is the place to carry out those kinds of actions is at the public notification meeting so that we can address those concerns,” Mahoney said. “What is unacceptable is acts of vigilantism like this.”

Video surveillance footage shows Speigle carrying gas cans toward the house, but deputies have not been able to find them, according to the release.

Officials are offering a $5,000 reward to anyone who can provide crucial information pertaining to the investigation by calling the state's arson hotline at 1-800-362-3005. Investigators are also looking into whether Speigle was responsible for the first fire.

Absolutely I would throw him in prison.

Sorry, you can't just go around burning down houses regardless if the future inhabitant sexually assaulted a child 20 years ago.

All it would have taken was the right gust of wind and the moron could have burned down half the neighborhood and possibly killed people that never did anything wrong.

Also what about the cost to the city's taxpayers for fighting the fire? Or what would have happened if a firefighter was injured or killed?

Dude is an idiot and deserves to be locked away. Phone Post 3.0

What were the details of the case? It happened 21 years when he was 19 or so. Could it have been a 19 year old guy with a 16-17 year old gf?

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Mark1 - What were the details of the case? It happened 21 years when he was 19 or so. Could it have been a 19 year old guy with a 16-17 year old gf?

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Good point. Phone Post 3.0

Can't find specific details other than this


Howard Nyberg, 40, had been convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child back in 1994 and was sentenced to just four years. However, shortly after his incarceration, he was found to be a “sexually violent person” and sent to a treatment center, where he spent the next 20 years

Thats what second degree sexual assault kinda sounds like.

Pissed parents. Phone Post 3.0

Tough question. At least he did something before the diddler arrived. Things could have gotten much worse.

The retard can't even burn down a building without setting his own face on fire.

 

He found a nonviolent solution to what he considered an intolerable situation after his objections were ignored at the public hearing. I agree he has to be prosecuted but I'm also sympathetic at the same time.

Stache - He found a nonviolent solution to what he considered an intolerable situation after his objections were ignored at the public hearing. I agree he has to be prosecuted but I'm also sympathetic at the same time.

Yeah but it put other peoples' property at risk, not to mention the lives of firefighters. Hell, looks like he almost killed himself. Same boat, understand where he's coming from but he's an idiot

Stache - He found a nonviolent solution to what he considered an intolerable situation after his objections were ignored at the public hearing. I agree he has to be prosecuted but I'm also sympathetic at the same time.
I don't consider arson to be nonviolent, he deserves to be punished Phone Post 3.0

RdotC is correct.

Our legal system is fucked up to no end but it's still wrong for him to do that and needs to be punished Phone Post 3.0

Mission accomplished Phone Post 3.0

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Stache - He found a nonviolent solution to what he considered an intolerable situation after his objections were ignored at the public hearing. I agree he has to be prosecuted but I'm also sympathetic at the same time.

Yeah but it put other peoples' property at risk, not to mention the lives of firefighters. Hell, looks like he almost killed himself. Same boat, understand where he's coming from but he's an idiot

Yeah possibly. Maybe the houses are spread out, I don't know. Not the best solution in the world but if he was desperate enough to burn the house down he likely would have assaulted the guy once he moved in (or worse).

I would want to know the details of the original sex offender case, but even then I don't think I can condone this guy's actions, it opens up a slippery slope for other, less justifiable, acts of vigilantism. I sympathize w the guy, and would push for a lenient sentence, but I can't say that his actions are justified. There could be better ways to resolve this Phone Post 3.0

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Stache - He found a nonviolent solution to what he considered an intolerable situation after his objections were ignored at the public hearing. I agree he has to be prosecuted but I'm also sympathetic at the same time.
I don't consider arson to be nonviolent, he deserves to be punished Phone Post 3.0

I agree he needs to be prosecuted but yes arson is considered nonviolent. Violent crimes directly involve a human victim.

Per the FBI, violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

Hired Gun - Can't find specific details other than this


Howard Nyberg, 40, had been convicted of second-degree sexual assault of a child back in 1994 and was sentenced to just four years. However, shortly after his incarceration, he was found to be a “sexually violent person” and sent to a treatment center, where he spent the next 20 years
Lol. Nevermind my first post then.

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What do you give him for a sentence?

Stache -
OpenedUp - 
Stache - He found a nonviolent solution to what he considered an intolerable situation after his objections were ignored at the public hearing. I agree he has to be prosecuted but I'm also sympathetic at the same time.
I don't consider arson to be nonviolent, he deserves to be punished Phone Post 3.0

I agree he needs to be prosecuted but yes arson is considered nonviolent. Violent crimes directly involve a human victim.

Per the FBI, violent crime is composed of four offenses: murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
Ok I didn't know how they classified it, thanks for the info, it's still a dangerous and deliberate act that could cause bodily harm Phone Post 3.0