Suspect In Council Grove Burning Admits To Separate Attack

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MORRIS COUNTY, Kan. (WIBW) -- Two charges have been dropped against the man accused of setting a Council Grove resident on fire in exchange for his guilty plea in another violent attack.

Isaac Wilson is charged with a crime that left a 54-year-old man with burns to his hands and lower body.

Wilson is accused of attacking Sterling Law at Law’s Council Grove home on Orchard Street last fall.

Officials say Law was sitting inside when Wilson came in, drenched him in rubbing alcohol and ignited him with a cigarette lighter.

Wilson is charged with Aggravated Battery in connection with the incident. He was in Morris County Court Tuesday for a status hearing and a trial date in the burning case was set for June 25-29, 2012.

Wilson was also charged in two other cases- a stalking case and another aggravated battery with an additional charge of criminal threat.

Morris County Attorney Laura Allen explained the stalking to case to WIBW after a previous court hearing: "That’s a stalking case involving his child’s mother. Basically there was a protection from stalking order that the judge had issued and he had contact with the subject of that stalking order during a time frame in which he was arrested in other cases- the other two pending cases- and so based on his continued contact, we filed the stalking case.”

As for the aggravated battery/criminal threat, Allen says Wilson attacked a man named Andrew Maiden during the same early morning hours that Sterling Law was set on fire. She says Wilson went to the area where Maiden was that night and started a physical altercation with him, striking him in the head with a metal pipe during the struggle and threatening him.

During Tuesday’s hearing, Wilson pleaded guilty to Aggravated Battery in connection with the assault on Andrew Maiden. As a result, the stalking case was dismissed and the criminal threat charge from the Andrew Maiden case was dropped as well. A sentencing date has been set for May 1, 2012.

Isaac Wilson is originally from Council Grove and was staying in Council Grove at the time of the incidents but he was not officially living there. She says he typically lives with his mother out of state.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office says their office is still considering whether or not the attack on Sterling Law will be classified as a federal hate crime.


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