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Arson suspect pleads not guilty due to mental disease

A Sturgeon Bay man accused of setting a Jacksonport restaurant on fire in October will have to undergo a mental evaluation due to his not-guilty plea.

 

According to court records, Jonathan Polich and his attorney waived his right to preliminary court questions and reading of information during his hearing on Wednesday, instead entering a not-guilty plea by reason of mental disease or defect. Door County District Attorney Colleen Nordin and Polich’s attorney Shannon Viel have until January 5th to agree on a doctor to use for the mental evaluation. An additional status conference has been scheduled for March 3rd to discuss the results of the mental evaluation.

 

Polich was arrested in early November after the Door County Sheriff’s Office and the Wisconsin State Fire Marshall’s office found evidence that led to an arson investigation. Polich was charged with two counts of Arson to a dwelling and was placed on a $250,000 bond. 

 

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