A San Bernardino man was convicted of mrder and arson for his role in sparking the 2003 Old fire, which led to the deaths of five people, destroyed 1,000 homes and blackened a huge swath of the San Bernardino Mountains.
Rickie Fowler was found to have deliberately set the blaze by tossing a lighted road flare into the parched brush at the base of the mountains.
Prosecutors charged Fowler in the deaths of five men, the oldest of whom was 94, whose fatal heart attacks were said to be directly attributable to the stress of the fire. Fowler was also convicted on two counts of arson and of special circumstances that make him subject to the death penalty.
If you or someone you know has been charged with arson, murder,
attempted murder, or any other type of crime, it is essential to hire a
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