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Wis. Man Convicted in Fire, Antler Theft

May 26, 2005

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) _ A man accused of setting a string of garage fires that terrorized the area two years ago was convicted of six counts of arson Wednesday.

Kevin Zarm, 39, of Wausau, was convicted of 26 charges in all, including arson, burglary, theft and reckless endangerment. He was acquitted on eight charges, including some of the fires.

Prosecutors acknowledged no one saw Zarm ignite any of the fires, but witnesses testified he was obsessed with deer antlers and some were missing from places where fires were set.

Evidence included Zarm’s cab rides to the scenes of fires, phone records and stolen property, including some antlers from a deer named ``Lucky,″ prosecutor Jill Falstad said.

Prosecutors said the convictions carry up to more than 200 years in prison.

No one was seriously hurt in the fires, but Zarm faces a separate trial for the death of an 84-year-old woman who was found dead outside her garage.

Zarm’s attorney left court without comment and did not immediately return a telephone message left at his office.

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