Cloquet man sentenced to 23 months for arson fireCody Logan Fohrenkam, 20, of Cloquet was sentenced in Carlton County Court last Wednesday to 23 months in prison after entering an amended plea of guilty to one felony count of second-degree arson.
By: Wendy Johnson, Pine Journal
Cody Logan Fohrenkam, 20, of Cloquet was sentenced in Carlton County Court last Wednesday to 23 months in prison after entering an amended plea of guilty to one felony count of second-degree arson. Judge Dale Wolf stayed the sentence for three years and ordered Fohrenkam to undergo three years of probation. Fohrenkam was also sentenced to one year of local confinement and given credit for 88 days already served. He must also pay restitution for the damages to the home where he set the fire, abstain from alcohol and controlled substance use or possession, obtain a GED or high school diploma, and submit to random searches.
Charges of third-degree damage to property and obstructing the legal process were dismissed.
According to the criminal complaint filed in the incident, Cloquet Police responded to a call at 9:05 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, to the 2300 block of Kelly Avenue, reporting that an arson fire had been set at the residence while the occupants were at home. When police arrived, the residents told officers that two individuals had been at the home and started the fire on the back porch area before running away on foot through a neighboring yard.
One of the home’s occupants was then able to put out the fire with the help of a garden hose before it spread any further. The residents at the home gave police a physical description of the perpetrators, and an arson investigator from the Cloquet Area Fire District was brought in to assist.
Reports state that one of the occupants of the home was asked if she knew the two who committed the crime, and she said she did not know them but speculated it could have been a gang-related incident. She also told investigators that she had seen a suspicious person at their residence between 5:30 and 6 a.m., and when she heard someone knocking on the door, her boyfriend answered it and spoke with the individual. The male resident then told officers that he was aware the name of the person who came to the door was Cody but he did not know the man’s last name. One of the home’s residents subsequently gave officers the license plate number of a suspicious vehicle seen in the area at the same time as the two potential suspects.
Based on that information, officers learned the owner of the vehicle lived in the 2400 block of Selmser Avenue. Further investigation at that address led to suspects matching the description given to police of the two individuals seen leaving the arson fire.
One of the two was identified as Fohrenkam. When he was questioned about the incident, he said he did not know the people living at the Kelly Avenue home and denied being at that location at any point during the day.
Fohrenkam was subsequently pointed out to residents of the Kelly Avenue home, who identified him as being one of the individuals involved in the arson fire. Though Fohrenkam continued to deny any involvement, another resident at his home confessed to officers that he had been with Fohrenkam at the time of the incident. He told police that Fohrenkam poured gasoline out of a lawnmower into another container and then lit the back porch of the home on fire. He said the two of them then fled, and along the way Fohrenkam broke the windshield of a vehicle by throwing a rock at it.
Fohrenkam was then taken into custody and transported to the Carlton County Jail where he was later booked.