Brothers serve time for role in attempted arsonMADISON – Shawn Dalbec, and Antoine Dalbec, brothers indicted in connection with attempting to burn down a South Range tavern in 2006, where sentenced Thursday in federal court to 18 and 12 months in prison, respectively.
By: By Kevin Murphy/For the Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
MADISON – Shawn Dalbec, and Antoine Dalbec, brothers indicted in connection with attempting to burn down a South Range tavern in 2006, where sentenced Thursday in federal court to 18 and 12 months in prison, respectively.
However, they both may soon receive reduced sentences for cooperating with authorities seeking to charge another individual for the fire that destroyed the Somewhere Else Bar, 3342 County Highway E, according to informed sources.
The bar burned down the day after Shawn Dalbec, entered the tavern after it was closed, lit a small piece of paneling but quickly extinguished the flame after he couldn’t go through with it, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura Prbyzylinski Finn.
The bar’s owner had been “badgering” Shawn to burn down the bar in exchange for an $8,000 contract to restore a ball field according to court documents. Antoine Dalbec, 46, tried to talk his brother out of torching the tavern but did drive him there on July 11, 2006 and waited outside.
After the tavern burned down on July 12, 2006, Shawn Dalbec was questioned about it.
He admitted to what he did, which lead to both Dalbecs being charged and pleading guilty in federal court with endangering a dwelling.
In court on Thursday, Przybylinski Finn said that Shawn Dalbec’s sentence should reflect his agreeing to burn the bar but not going through with it. Although Antonie Dalbec didn’t enter the tavern, his role was “crucial” to the offense and he was fortunate that his brother didn’t start the fire, Przybylinski Finn said.
“They were equal partners and had equal roles,” she said.
Shawn Dalbec’s attorney, Corey Chirafisi, said his client was a “pretty simple guy,” who deserved a year in jail because he didn’t plan the offense and ultimately couldn’t make himself do it.
Shawn Dalbec said he was “so frustrated with myself for using such poor judgment and being so stupid.”
District Judge Barbara Crabb agreed that Shawn Dalbec had realized that what he did was “stupid” and gave him a longer sentence than his brother due to his role in the offense and prior misdemeanor convictions for domestic abuse and issuing a worthless check.
Antoine Dalbec’s attorney, Tracey Wood, said her client has admitted his wrongdoing and has cooperated with authorities still investigating the bar fire.
Crabb sentenced Antoine Dalbec to one year and one day in prison, placed both brothers on two years supervised release and ordered them to report to prison on Dec. 28.