UPDATE: Wis. man accused of trying to burn wife pleads

UPDATED Friday, July 19, 2013 --- 9:12 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Madison man accused of trying to set his wife on fire has entered a plea agreement.

Sixty-year-old Andrew Spear pleaded guilty Friday to misdemeanor counts of battery, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

In return for Spear's plea, two felony charges, including first-degree attempted homicide and false imprisonment, were dismissed.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Spear was facing eight counts for a 2012 attack on his wife, Mary Spear.

Andrew Spear was accused of taking his wife to a storage locker where he had his wood shop and then pouring gasoline on her and igniting it with a lighter. She was not seriously hurt.

Sentencing is set for Sept. 13.

Copyright 2013. The Associated Press.

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UPDATED Wednesday, August 29, 2012 --- 7:40 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Madison man accused of trying to kill his wife by burning her will face a trial in Dane County.

Andrew Spear was ordered to trial Tuesday following a preliminary hearing. Madison police Detective Jamie Grann was the only witness. He testified Mary Spear told him her husband picked her up from work Aug. 16, drove her to his woodworking shop at a storage locker, beat her and tried to set her on fire by dousing her with gas.

Prosecutors say Andrew Spear accused his wife of having an affair. The 59-year-old Spear is charged attempted first-degree intentional homicide, false imprisonment, disorderly conduct and battery.

Andrew Spear's attorney, Brian Brophy, says Mary Spear started the fire in the storage locker. The State Journal (http://tinyurl.com/8zf6z2m ) says Andrew Spear's bond has been lowered from $507,000 to $107,000.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.

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Posted Wednesday, August 22, 2012 --- 8:15 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Dane County prosecutors say a Madison man poured gas on his wife and lit her on fire after accusing her of having an affair.

A criminal complaint says 59-year-old Andrew Spear hit Mary Spear, a state attorney, and drove her to their storage unit Aug. 16 where he set her on fire. The complaint says the fire briefly ignited her arms and legs before her husband helped put it out.

Mary Spear is the chief legal counsel for the state Department of Health Services.

The State Journal (http://tinyurl.com/9ffr92s ) says Andrew Spear appeared in Dane County Circuit Court Tuesday where bail was set at $500,000. He's charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, false imprisonment, disorderly conduct and battery.

Defense attorney Brian Brophy says Andrew Spear disputes many of the allegations.

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Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

Copyright 2012. The Associated Press.


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