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Two sentenced in Cedar Bridge arson case

WINTERSET - Two defendants who admitted to setting fire to an iconic Madison County bridge in 2017 were sentenced to deferred judgments and probation Monday in Madison County. 

19-year-old Joel Davis and 20-year-old Alivia Bergmann both previously entered guilty pleads to single counts of Arson in the Second Degree.

"For my irresponsible conduct, from the bottom of my heart, I am incredibly sorry," Davis said during his sentencing hearing.

Davis said he had been accepted into the U.S. Marines before the arson occurred, and was training in Urbandale with his regiment. 

"The reason we entered this agreement is because we believe we wouldn't be here today if not for Alex Hoff, another co-defendant," said Madison County Attorney Matt Schultz.  

Davis and Bergmann both received deferred judgments with 5 years probation. The sentence means that if the terms of probation are adhered to, the record in the case will be expunged

"I deeply apologize for my actions ... I want to get my life back on track," Bergmann said. 

The Madison County Sheriff's Department was called to the Cedar Bridge around 6 a.m. on April 15, 2017. When crews got there, they found the structure completely engulfed in flames. 

In less than two hours, crews knocked the fire out, but the charred remains of the cedar-covered bridge bridge immediately pointed investigators towards arson.

Hoff pleaded guilty to Arson in the Second Degree and Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, with sentencing scheduled for April 23. 


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