Evert sentenced in arson case
CRYSTAL FALLS—A Crystal Falls man who pleaded no contest to second-degree arson in burning a cabin on Fortune Lake to the ground last October was sentenced to 25 months to 20 years in prison in Iron County Trial Court on Aug. 6.
Troy Daniel Evert Jr., 22, must also pay just over $65,150 in restitution.
Evert and his-now wife Rachael Joy Kirschner admitted to setting fire to the cabin by pouring gasoline on a cot and then using a firecracker to start the blaze. According to a criminal complaint, the two set the fire because the occupant of the cabin, a former boyfriend of Kirschner’s, had called her a derogatory name in an October 2017 confrontation at a bowling alley in Crystal Falls. The cabin was owned by the occupant’s aunt, Barbara Lee.
Evert and Kirschner had also been originally charged with conspiracy to commit second-degree arson and lying to a peace officer, but those charges were dropped in the plea agreement. Kirschner has not been sentenced yet.
Prior to Evert’s sentencing, defense attorney Michael Scholke said his client made a “very poor decision, fueled by alcohol and bravado.”