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Guilty plea expected for boat-bombing suspect in Wisconsin

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Joseph Sloma, 47, is expected to plead guilty next week to a September 2009 bombing that destroyed three fishing boats in Wisconsin's Kewaunee Harbor and damaged another.

Sloma waived his right to a trial and admitted in U.S. District Court in Green Bay that he set off a pipe bomb in the charter fishing boat Trout Scout. The blast started a fire that destroyed the 30-foot boat, gutted three other fishing vessels and damaged a pleasure boat moored at Salmon Harbor Marina, the Green Bay Press-Gazette newspaper reported.

As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend a sentence of six years in prison and three years of supervised release. Sloma, of Denmark, Wis., also will have to pay restitution to the boat owners.

The bombing was retribution against the boat's owner, who had turned a friend of Sloma's in to state fish and game officials for overfishing, court documents say.

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