FDL Man Sentenced For Arson And Endangering Safety

The 41-year-old Fond du Lac man who set fire to his foreclosed home and got into a standoff with police on a bitterly cold day in December of 2013 has been sentenced to 40 years in prison. Fond du Lac County Judge Richard Nuss this morning sentenced Shannon Rogler to the prison term and 27 years of extended supervision. District Attorney Eric Toney says it was an emotional hearing that featured the testimony of Fond du Lac Police Officer Erik Foster who was shot at that day at the Elms Mobile Home Park on South Main Street. Rogler later told investigators he didn’t shoot the officer because he might be someone’s father. Photos and ballistics from the scene show bullet holes in the mobile home where Foster had been standing, bullets that might have killed him if not for his training. Later Foster went back to the command post and suited up to work with the SWAT team. Toney says the judge took into consideration the recent killings of police officers in the community. Fond du Lac Police Officer Craig Birkholz was shot and killed in a standoff in March of 2011 and State Trooper Trevor Casper in a shoot out with a bank robber this past March.