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Ex-firefighter convicted of three more arsons

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A former firefighter has been convicted of burning three more buildings, bringing his total number of arsons to six.

28-year-old Drew Christensen of Suring pleaded no contest Monday to a pair of arson charges in Oconto County, plus one Marinette County charge of arson with the intent to defraud.

In May, Christensen struck a plea deal in federal court that convicted him of starting fires at the Klondike Community Church, the Jaded Bar in Suring, and the Everbreeze Resort in Mountain, all between 2009 and 2011.

Christensen is scheduled to be sentenced in November for all of his state and federal convictions.

First, Federal Judge William Griesbach wants to find out how much Christensen takes part in helping prosecute two alleged co-conspirators in his federal cases.

37-year-old Jessica Miller and 32-year-old Donald Halbur, both of Crivitz, are scheduled for federal court trials in early November. They and Christensen were accused of burning down Miller’s home so he could get insurance money.

Ten years of prison have been recommended in Christensen’s federal case. It’s not known if additional prison time would be sought for his state convictions.

Christensen had spent six years on the Brazeau Fire Department. He was released in 2011 for missing department meetings due to his job.