Firebug Gets Long Sentence

Issue 8 and Volume 102.

Firebug Gets Long Sentence William A. Wanagill, 18, of Ansonia, Conn., was sentenced to 17 to 25 years in State Prison at Wethersfield, by Judge Ernest A. Inglis in Superior Court, New Haven, on June 1, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of arson. Wanagill was charged with setting two fires in Ansonia tenement and business blocks, which caused $150,000 damage and resulted in the death on April 30, of Adam Ploski, 76. Wanagill was held criminally responsible for Ploski’s death by Coroner James J. Corrigan of New Haven County, but State’s Attorney Abraham S. Ullman told the Court that he was not pressing a first degree murder charge and believed the interests of justice could be served by imposing a heavy prison sentence. Dr. Louis H. Cohen and Dr. Everett Rademacher, psychiatrists who examined Wanagill, said the youth was sane, capable of distinguishing between right and wrong, and…

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