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Spray can explosion lands man in jail for 6 months

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MERRILL (WAOW) - A 21-year-old Tomahawk man accused of putting a can of spray paint into a fire where it exploded and injured some people was sentenced to six months in jail on Friday and placed on probation for two years.

A judge ruled that if Ryan Pepple successfully completes the probation, the case and the convictions against him will be expunged from the records, according to Lincoln County online court records.

Pepple was convicted of one felony - criminal damage to a highway/vehicle - and two misdemeanors - disorderly conduct and battery - in a plea bargain.

The incident with the spray paint occurred in 2012 at a party in rural Lincoln County, according to court records. Four people were hurt, including one who suffered severe burns. Pepple drove away after the can exploded, investigators said.

On Friday, Circuit Judge Robert Russell ordered that Pepple can serve the jail time with work release privileges, starting Dec. 6, according to online court records. The judge also sentenced Pepple to write letters of apology to the victims and to pay about $2,000 in restitution and court costs.

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