Arsonist sentenced in Eagan City Hall blaze

HASTINGS, Minn. - A Prior Lake man was sentenced to seven years in prison for setting an arson fire that severely damaged the historic Eagan City Hall in September of 2013. 

Dakota County Prosecutors say Michael Duane Damron, also known as Wade Duane Arvidson, also received a 30-month sentence for burglary, which will be served at the same time as the arson sentence. Restitution of $286,395 was ordered for damage to the city hall, and $158,658 will go to the burglary victim. 

The criminal complaint filed against Damron details his growing anger with the city of Eagan following a criminal investigation of his involvement in a 2006 theft ring that involved victims in a number of east metro communities. Damron and his family unsuccessfully sued the cities of Eagan and Inver Grove Heights for $12 million. Damron also has an extensive history of writing threatening letters and performing acts of vandalism against people and organizations he felt had wronged him. 

Investigators placed a GPS device on Damron's car, and tracked it to the scene of the arson fire. 

Damron's younger brother Wynn Arvidson also pleaded guilty to one count of first degree arson for his role in the burning of the historic city hall. The 51-year-old Arvidson will be sentenced in January.  

 


JOIN THE CONVERSATION

To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the
Conversation Guidelines and FAQs

Leave a Comment
More Stories