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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 02:33 AM

2003 Old fire arsonist sentenced to death

Source: LA Times

A judge says there is 'no lingering doubt' violent felon Rickie Lee Fowler set the 2003 Old fire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes and killed five people.

By Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
January 29, 2013

A judge handed a death sentence Monday to the violent felon convicted of setting the 2003 Old fire that destroyed more than 1,000 homes, charred the northwestern face of the San Bernardino Mountains and killed five people.

His eyes fixed on the judge, Rickie Lee Fowler, 31, didn't show a twitch of emotion as the sentence was announced in a San Bernardino courtroom. Fowler, a methamphetamine user since grammar school, already is serving three life terms for brutally sodomizing a cellmate in county jail.

Judge Michael A. Smith called the evidence against Fowler overwhelming, saying there is "no lingering doubt" that he set the deadly wildfire in a rage over being booted from his godfather's home at the top of Waterman Canyon. Smith told the defendant that, despite his horrendous upbringing by an abusive, drug-addicted mother, his lifelong history of violence and crime entitled him to little mercy.

"Rickie Fowler should be put to death,'' as a jury had recommended, Smith told the court ...

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-old-fire-sentencing-20130129,0,7059602.story

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struggle4progress Jan 2013 OP
XemaSab Jan 2013 #1
AngryAmish Jan 2013 #2
panzerfaust Jan 2013 #3
Lesmoderesstupides Jan 2013 #4
Gregorian Jan 2013 #5
geek tragedy Jan 2013 #7
a la izquierda Jan 2013 #6

Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 02:47 AM

1. Wow

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Tue Jan 29, 2013, 09:10 AM

2. Did this guy grow up with Jesus?

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:10 PM

3. Sadly, no matter how one gets rabies, there is no escaping being rabid

 


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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:15 PM

4. Yet we still claim to be a civilized nation while we still murder our own via the judicial system

 

If the Government is going to murder its citizens at least do it publically and in the open like Saudi Arabia another civilized nation.

This guy needs help, lots of help and he should be getting the treatment he needs but instead our Government kills those they deems unworthy of help.

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Response to Lesmoderesstupides (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 12:39 PM

5. I always appreciate thoughtful posts like yours. Thanks.

It seems that forgiveness and empathy are considered weak and unrealistic.

There is no doubt at all that this person endured abuse as a child. That's where all of this comes from. Always. Even the word "abuse" is misunderstood. We can make a better world. Jail and punishment are not going to produce that world.

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Response to Lesmoderesstupides (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 01:30 PM

7. Some people are broken in a way that can't be fixed.

This guy, best we can do for him is life in prison, solitary confinement.

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Response to struggle4progress (Original post)

Tue Jan 29, 2013, 01:09 PM

6. I remember this fire like it was

yesterday. I lived in Glendale at the time, and woke up daily with ash totally covering the cars. Flying out of LAX was a real treat, as the turbulence was pretty bad for thermals

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