A Menasha man was sentenced to 7 years in prison for setting a gas station in Neenah on fire in January.
The Ridgeway VP Phillips 66 station was heavily damaged by fire early in the morning on Friday, January 21 (see related story). Investigators determined cash, cigarettes and liquor were stolen before the fire was set. Federal prosecutors say many of the stolen items were found in a search of Crawford’s home. It’s a federal crime to set a fire to damage or destroy property used in interstate commerce.
Christian Crawford, who turns 29 this week, was also ordered to spend 3 years on supervised release and pay $793,000 in restitution.
Crawford was arrested about two weeks after the Phillips 66 fire, on February 5, on multiple counts of bail jumping from pending felony cases.