Madison woman sentenced to 5 years in prison for attempted arson in Aug. 2020


MADISON, Wis. — A 28-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday to five years in prison for attempted arson during a protest in Madison last year.

According to a news release, Anessa Renee Fierro, of Madison, and her co-defendant Willie Johnson were indicted by a federal grand jury for the offense in October 2020.

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Officials said Fierro and Johnson attempted to set fire to two commercial buildings in downtown Madison early in the morning on Aug. 25, 2020.

One building was an office building; the other was a mixed-use rental property with apartments and retail space.

At sentencing, a release said the judge noted that pouring and igniting gasoline, as police said they did, creates an extraordinary risk to the community. He told Fierro her conduct was “appalling and dangerous” and warranted significant punishment; Johnson was sentenced to five years in prison last month.