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 Post subject: Wildfire Arsonist Sentenced to Die
PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2013 10:25 pm 
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A California state-court judge on Monday sentenced to death a man who was convicted of setting a massive wildfire that killed five people and damaged more than 1,000 homes in San Bernardino.

Rickie Lee Fowler, 31 years old, was found guilty in August Jimmy Choo by a San Bernardino jury of five counts of first-degree murder and two counts of arson for starting a 2003 fire that ripped through the city's Waterman Canyon area.

The fire burned more than 90,000 acres, damaged 1,003 homes and led to the deaths of five men, according to the indictment. Several residents suffered heart attacks amid the stress of evacuation and threats to their homes, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office, leading to the murder charges. The blaze caused property damage and other losses in excess of $5.6 million, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors alleged Mr. Fowler lit the fire out of rage after he was Jimmy Choo Shoes thrown out of a house where his family was staying, according to the Associated Press.

After finding Mr. Fowler guilty, the jury in September recommended he be sentenced to death. Mr. Fowler's attorneys said at that time that they planned to file a motion for a new trial, saying prosecutors failed to present direct evidence that Mr. Fowler had started the fire or that the deaths were intentional, the Los Angeles Times reported.

On Monday, Superior Court Judge Michael A. Smith agreed with the jury, sentencing Mr. Fowler to the death penalty. California rarely executes people; the last instance of capital punishment in the state was in 2006.

"Today, after nearly 10 years, justice has now been secured for Jimmy Choo Booties the victims and their families," District Attorney Michael Ramos said in a statement on Monday.


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