Former Elgin firefighter sentenced on arson charges

A former volunteer firefighter has been sentenced to five years in prison and to pay almost $4 million in restitution after setting a series of fires in and around Elgin over a two-year span.

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John Iszler, 26, will also be spending three years of supervised probation after his release from prison, which may be spent in a correctional facility in Minnesota or South Dakota.
He was convicted of two counts of arson in federal district court July 29 after reaching a plea deal which dismissed a third count of arson.
He had been accused of setting fires in late 2017 and early 2018 which damaged an apartment building and destroyed a John Deere farm equipment dealership in Elgin.
Reportedly, he responded as a volunteer firefighter to two of the fires he had set.

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