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Bar owner convicted of arson filed new appeal

MONTELLO, Wis. (AP) – A man imprisoned for setting fire to his Marquette County tavern has filed a new appeal.

Joseph Awe is serving a three-year term for setting fire to JJ’s Pub in Harrisville in 2006.

In his appeal motion, Awe said investigators misread clues and used faulty logic to wrongly conclude he set the fire. Awe argued his trial attorney should have called witnesses who would have supported his testimony that he was home in Friendship when the fire broke out.

The State Journal reports the motion also includes information from Florida fire investigator John Lentini, who reviewed the case and concluded the fire likely started in the heavily burned circuit box of the 130-year-old bar which had a history of electrical problems. Awe’s previous attempts to appeal his conviction have failed.

Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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