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Fatal Fire Results in Prison Time

A Houston woman pleaded guilty to intentionally starting a 2007 fire at a mid-rise office building she worked at that killed three people. She apologized to the victims’ families before she received her punishment. Pat Hernandez has the story.

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Misty Ann Weaver feared losing her job if she failed to complete paperwork on time for an audit for her boss. Investigators say she believed a small fire would delay the audit. The small fire at a mid-rise office building in northeast Houston went to four alarms. Three people died of smoke inhalation and some survivors on the upper floors had to be rescued by firefighters.

Weaver pleaded guilty to three counts of felony murder and one count of first degree arson. She received a 25-year prison sentence.

John Jocher is Harris County Assistant District Attorney. He calls it a fair resolution.

“There’s nobody who is connected with this investigation who believed that she intended for people to die in this fire. We tried to arrive at what we believed was a fair punishment for Ms. Weaver. 25 years aggravated time, we believe, is just that.”

Weaver had faced a maximum life in prison for each count. She will be allowed to report in January to begin her sentence.

Pat Hernandez, KUHF…Houston Public Radio News.

Above image: Defendant, Misty Ann Weaver
Credit: Harris County, TX

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