Farmer gets six years in prison for boat bombings

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A Wisconsin farmer was sentenced to six years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for blowing up several fishing boats in a Kewaunee, Wis., marina.

Joseph Sloma, 47, of Denmark, endangered firefighters, risked killing anyone who might have been asleep onboard one of the boats and destroyed the livelihood of several people, all for no apparent reason, U.S. District Judge William Griesbach said Monday.

Sloma, a former charterboat captain, pleaded guilty to one count of committing arson to property used in interstate commerce — four fishing boats used on Lake Michigan, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported.

He admitted to setting off a pipe bomb on Sept. 27, 2009 that destroyed the four boats moored at Salmon Harbor Marina. As part of his plea agreement, Sloma admitted to having bombed and destroyed another charterboat about four months earlier at the same marina.

Sloma came to court with a check for $320,000 to pay required restitution, defense lawyer Chris Froelich told the court. Sloma sold his own 38-foot fishing boat just before he was charged and saved the money to help make restitution, Froelich said.

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