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Drew Christensen sentenced to five years in state prison for arson

Drew Christensen
Drew Christensen

MARINETTE, WI (WTAQ) - When an ex-firefighter leaves a federal prison, he'll go directly to a state lockup to serve more time for setting a number of arson fires in northeast Wisconsin. 

A state judge in Marinette County gave 29-year-old Drew Christensen a five-year prison term Thursday. That was a day after Federal Judge William Griesbach of Green Bay ordered a 10-year term for burning down the Klondike Community Church and two taverns over the past four years.

Christensen's Marinette County conviction was for burning down Jessica Miller's home at Stephenson, after she and another man convinced him to destroy her house so she could collect the insurance money. 

The judge ordered them to pay back the insurance company almost $300,000. He also told Christensen to spend five years under extended supervision when his prison terms end. 

A judge in Oconto County could give Christensen even more time on Monday, when he's due to be sentenced for burning down a mobile home and a garage. 

A federal prosecutor called Christensen a "serial arsonist." 

His lawyer said it was the only way he could let out his aggression, after he broke up with his fiancée and his brother died in a car crash five years ago.

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