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1 posted on 05/10/2006 1:33:04 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Judge overrules plea agreement..

Daniel Biechele, former tour manager for the rock band Great White, wipes his eye during the state's sentencing argument Wednesday, May 10, 2006 in Providence, R.I. after he pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the wake of the Feb. 20, 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. Biechele set off a pyrotechnics display during the concert, igniting a fire that swiftly enveloped the crowded nightclub and killed 100 people. (AP Photo/Barry Chin, Pool)

2 posted on 05/10/2006 1:34:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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Sentenced to four years. Suspended sentence for 11. Just came down.


3 posted on 05/10/2006 1:34:39 PM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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Negligent homicide is weird like that. It involves someone doing something stupid that just happens to kill people by accident. Sentencing someone for stupidity is tricky.


4 posted on 05/10/2006 1:36:24 PM PDT by Gordongekko909 (I know. Let's cut his WHOLE BODY off.)
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IIRC, weren't the "nightclub's" emergency exit doors locked or barred, so that there was only one exit? (Or was that Jesse HiJackson's buddies in Chicago?) Where are the club owners doing prison time?


5 posted on 05/10/2006 1:36:25 PM PDT by butternut_squash_bisque (The recipe's at my FR HomePage)
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I think the club's stage manager has some culpability in all this, too.


6 posted on 05/10/2006 1:36:30 PM PDT by randog (What the...?!)
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Victims' families and friends look on in the courtroom during the state's sentencing argument for Daniel Biechele, former tour manager for the rock band Great White, in Providence, R.I. Wednesday, May 10, 2006, after he pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in the wake of the Feb. 20, 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. Biechele set off a flashy pyrotechnics display during the concert, igniting a fire that swiftly enveloped the crowded nightclub and killed 100 people. (AP Photo/Barry Chin, Pool)


8 posted on 05/10/2006 1:37:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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The video at the start of the fire says it all.


10 posted on 05/10/2006 1:38:45 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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"Now all I have to look forward to is death, so we can be together again," Bruyere said.

Good heavens, woman! Mourn, weep, cry. Then, get up and get on with life. I'm sure your deceased daughter isn't cheering for you to live out your life in misery. A tragic death is not an excuse for you to have a tragic life.

11 posted on 05/10/2006 1:39:07 PM PDT by TChris ("Wake up, America. This is serious." - Ben Stein)
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AP: Ex-Band Manager Gets 4 Years in R.I. Fire

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/nightclub_fire;_ylt=AhlVp9ECbarXEk8XKwjI9TGs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA2Z2szazkxBHNlYwN0bQ--

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A former band manager who set off pyrotechnics that sparked the nation's fourth-deadliest nightclub fire, killing 100 concertgoers in 2003, is sentenced to four years in prison.


12 posted on 05/10/2006 1:40:35 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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...that ignited flammable foam lining the walls and ceiling of The Station nightclub in West Warwick.

How did that ever pass fire code inspection?

Sounds like a repeat of the Coconut Grove fire.

19 posted on 05/10/2006 1:50:11 PM PDT by weegee ("Season's Greetings and Happy Holidays")
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AP Update

Ex-Band Manager Gets 4 Years in R.I. Fire
ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press Writer

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060510/ap_on_re_us/nightclub_fire


PROVIDENCE, R.I. - A former rock-band manager whose pyrotechnics caused a nightclub fire that killed 100 people was sentenced Wednesday to four years in prison.

Daniel Biechele, 29, could have gotten as much as 10 years behind bars under a deal he struck with prosecutors in February, when he pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

"The greatest sentence that can be imposed upon you, has been imposed upon you by yourself," Superior Court Judge Francis Darigan Jr. told Biechele, drawing sobs and groans from some of those in the courtroom.

The sentence came after two days of anguished testimony from the victims' families, who told of college graduations they would never see, grandchildren they would never hold, and grief so powerful that they could not get out of bed in the morning and looked forward to death to be reunited with their loved ones.

Biechele was the tour manager for heavy metal band Great White when on Feb. 20, 2003, he lit a pyrotechnics display that ignited highly flammable foam that lined the walls and ceiling of The Station nightclub in West Warwick. The foam was used as soundproofing and was placed there by the owners after neighbors complained about noise from the club.

Many of the 100 people who were killed that night either were quickly overcome by fumes emitted by the foam or became trapped in a crush at the front door.

He is the first person to be sentenced for the fire. The owners of the club are awaiting trial on manslaughter charges.


23 posted on 05/10/2006 1:56:24 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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There was a television news crew filming a documentary at the club on the night of the fire, I can't remember if they either had a live feed from the scene or if in the immediate aftermath they just let tape roll of the tragedy but I will never forget the sight of all those poor people wedged in the doorway of the club desperately pleading for help as the flames were engulfing them, it was horrific.

If the prosecution are allowed to play portions of the footage shot that night for a jury it's going to be hard for the club ownwer's to get off...

29 posted on 05/10/2006 2:20:49 PM PDT by Geronimo
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