Final suspect sentenced in Madison County bridge arson

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WINTERSET – The third and final suspect in the 2017 arson of an iconic Madison County Bridge was sentenced Friday following arguments about whether he should go to prison. 

18-year-old Alexander Hoff pleaded guilty to arson in the second degree and criminal mischief in the first degree, and received 5 years probation and a suspended 10-year prison sentence. The prosecution argued that Hoff’s post-arrest incidents, including tearing off his GPS bracelet while in Des Moines and assaulting a fellow inmate while detained in Madison County, showed that he poses a danger to the community. 

Hoff admitted to aiding and abetting in the burning of the Cedar Bridge with Joel Davis and Alivia Bergmann on or about April 15, 2017. 

Bergmann and Davis have already been given deferred judgments and probation after their guilty pleas

Hoff’s defense team cited his recent 5-week stint while out on release and his ability to stay clean during that time as a reason to avoid prison time, citing Hoff’s history of alcohol addiction and substance abuse. 

A Madison County judge told Hoff that his rehabilitation is all up to him, and ordered Hoff undergo mental health evaluation, substance abuse treatment and pay restitution to Madison County. 

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