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Plea deal likely for suspect in 2016 arson case of Wausau bar

Tony Patterson booking photo
Tony Patterson booking photo(Marathon County Jail)
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 8:34 AM CST
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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) - One of two people arrested and charged with a 2016 arson fire will return to court later this month where a plea deal is expected to be reached.

Tony Patterson, 42, and Robert Hernandez, 36, are charged with the Aug. 4, 2016 fire at the Cabaret Bar in Wausau.

Patterson appeared in Marathon County Circuit Court Monday for a plea hearing, however, a deal was not reached, but a plea deal could be reached later this month.

The fire was reported around 5 a.m. that morning in 2016 at the Cabaret Bar on E. Rib Mountain Drive. Investigators said the fire’s origin was suspicious and gasoline was smelled by first responders. No one was injured. Bar staff told police Patterson was kicked out of the bar a few weeks before the fire and was upset. Police said Patterson’s vehicle was found abandoned just a few blocks away from the bar.

Patterson will return to court Jan. 21. He remains in the Lincoln County Jail on $5,000 cash bond.

Hernandez is scheduled to appear in court this week for a clerical court appearance.

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