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Bismarck military recruiter charged with arson faces retrial

BISMARCK -- One day after a federal judge declared a mistrial in the case of former military recruiter and accused arsonist Anthony DeGroot, an assistant U.S. attorney said her office would re-try the case.

BISMARCK - One day after a federal judge declared a mistrial in the case of former military recruiter and accused arsonist Anthony DeGroot, an assistant U.S. attorney said her office would re-try the case.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Holmes and Justin Vinje, attorney for DeGroot, met in conference with U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Hovland on Tuesday to discuss what should happen next. On Monday, the jury told Hovland that it was irreconcilably hung, with 11 jurors declaring DeGroot guilty and one juror voting not guilty.
DeGroot, a former military recruiter, is accused of setting fire to the Armed Services Recruiting Center, 240 W. Front Ave., on Dec. 26, 2013. DeGroot alleges that he was knocked out by a man claiming to be interested in joining the Marines and left bound and unconscious inside the burning building.

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