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California wildfire arsonist Rickie Fowler found guilty of murder by heart attack
AP ^ | August 15, 2012

Posted on 08/15/2012 8:29:18 PM PDT by george76

A jury on Wednesday found a California man guilty of murdering five people who had heart attacks after he deliberately started a blaze that ballooned into a massive wildfire. Jurors in San Bernardino found 30-year-old Rickie Fowler guilty of setting the Old Fire in the foothills above San Bernardino in October 2003 that burned 91,000 acres and torched 1,000 buildings over nine days.

Prosecutors charged Fowler with the murders of five men, ranging in age from 54 to 93, who died from heart attacks after their homes burned to the ground or as they rushed to evacuate. Fowler also was convicted of two counts of arson, along with special circumstances that make him eligible for the death penalty.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: alf; arson; elf; fowler; peta; rickiefowler

1 posted on 08/15/2012 8:29:23 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

It means nothing.
Ca has no death penalty.


2 posted on 08/15/2012 8:34:35 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: george76

This guy is an animal.He was convicted of sodomizing a fellow inmate and got 3 25 year to life sentences.


3 posted on 08/15/2012 8:39:49 PM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: mylife
Ca has no death penalty.

Well, they have a "sit by yourself in a death row cell for the next 60 years or so and think about what it's like to be outdoors in this weather without walls around you" penalty.

Pretty nasty IMO.

4 posted on 08/15/2012 8:42:22 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: jazusamo; Flycatcher; girlangler; tubebender; SierraWasp; GladesGuru

guilty on five counts of first-degree murder and two counts of arson in the 2003 Old Fire

http://www.dailybulletin.com/ci_21318087/san-bernardino-man-rickie-lee-fowler-guilty-murder-arson-2003-old-fire-trial


5 posted on 08/15/2012 8:43:28 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Not the golfer.


6 posted on 08/15/2012 8:46:42 PM PDT by anathemized (cursed by some, blessed in Jesus)
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To: george76

Not me!

7 posted on 08/15/2012 8:48:31 PM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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To: Steely Tom

In California Death-Row inmates have more privileges than any other inmates! And...they have contact visits! Not bad, taking into account the lowered expectations of any incarcerated person.


8 posted on 08/15/2012 8:54:47 PM PDT by old school
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To: george76
Death is what this evil piece of excrement deserves but sadly even if he is sentenced to it the sentence probably won't be carried out in Kalifornia.

Arsonists are some of the most evil criminals we are faced with. They care not what evil their actions can cause; death, untold millions in property damage and the heartache of people losing everything dear to them in their lives.

Convict, sentence and hang swiftly in a public setting.

9 posted on 08/15/2012 8:57:04 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: george76

I’d still like to see a sentence of MOD:

Mandatory Organ Donor

Only in this way can any good from the punishment. Yes, it is ghoulish.


10 posted on 08/15/2012 9:05:37 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: mylife

He’ll be on die-of-old-age row.


11 posted on 08/15/2012 9:29:20 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: abigailsmybaby

With a big screen TV a computer and exercise time.


12 posted on 08/15/2012 9:30:51 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: All

And quite honestly, as crappy as this guy is, can you call it murder?


13 posted on 08/15/2012 9:32:55 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: jazusamo

Convict, sentence and death by immolation.
It wouldn’t have to be public, I could live
with pay TV.


14 posted on 08/15/2012 9:36:38 PM PDT by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: All

This guy is a POS. He caused major damage and several people died in the wake.
But part of why fires are so severe out there is because the Gubermint wont allow the dead growth to be cleared

“The charges against Fowler signaled a tough new standard for arson cases in a region plagued by wildfires that sometimes claim the lives of firefighters and civilians.”

Ca is just totally ****ed up.


15 posted on 08/15/2012 9:39:26 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

And the best healthcare taxpayer money can buy. Should he ever need a transplant of any kind he’ll go the head of the line.


16 posted on 08/15/2012 9:42:07 PM PDT by abigailsmybaby ("To understan' the livin', you got ta commune wit' da dead." Minerva)
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To: Admin Moderator; george76
Admin Moderator:

Per Posts 6 and 7 - As a big favor to the celebrity, FR should do what AP should have done and append to the title:

  "(NOT the golfer!)"


And in 1964 another guy named Romney stomped off stage and refused to endorse or support the nominee.

8 posted on August 14, 2012 by cripplecreek


* No Tears and No Votes for Myth *

Support a FReeper for President - TOM HOEFLING aka EternalVigilance @Post #83

Defending Life within the Boundaries of the Constitution

17 posted on 08/15/2012 9:51:09 PM PDT by Golden Gate
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To: Farmer Dean

“While in prison awaiting trial, Fowler was convicted of sodomizing a jail inmate and sentenced to three, 25-years-to-life prison terms.”

OK, I’m confused. Did he get 3 25-life terms for that act? Or did that sentence have something to do with the fire-related deaths?

In any event it sounds like the formerly great state of California wants to be sure this guy stays behind bars, where he manifestly belongs.

so, good on them for that.


18 posted on 08/15/2012 9:53:47 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jazusamo

“Arsonists are some of the most evil criminals we are faced with.”

Yes, I’ve always thought arson is one of the worst crimes. You never know what damage you can do, and if you’re committing arson, you don’t care.


19 posted on 08/15/2012 9:55:59 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

An article another Freeper posted above says in answer to your question that yes, because of the three strikes law, he got the three 25-year sentences because of the sodomy:

“Fowler is found guilty . . . of three felony counts of sodomy by force on another inmate at West Valley Detention Center (he was in this detention center because of another crime he committed, not related to the fire). The (sodomy) incidents occurred in August 2010. Jurors also found “true” each of Fowler’s two prior strikes, thus allowing each count to result in a 25-year-to-life prison sentence, according to prosecutors.”

There’s some other interesting stuff in there about him requesting Kosher food in jail because he’s becoming a Jew.

But he looks like such a nice boy. I wonder what went wrong?


20 posted on 08/15/2012 10:17:16 PM PDT by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: passionfruit

Thank God your fire got nipped in the bud!


21 posted on 08/15/2012 10:17:55 PM PDT by holyscroller ( Without God, America is one nation under)
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To: george76; jazusamo; girlangler
Sme good news tonight. Thanks for the ping.

I hope the other inmates go Jeffrey Dahmer on him in prison. He doesn't deserve to live on the taxpayer's dime.

22 posted on 08/15/2012 10:20:26 PM PDT by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: george76

GOOD!


23 posted on 08/16/2012 12:08:21 AM PDT by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Auntie Mame

Thanks for explaining that to me. That three strikes law is tough, eh?

California still seems to be pretty tough on crime, at least the laws they have on the books. You never even hear about them trying to get rid of the DP or anything.


24 posted on 08/16/2012 11:17:21 AM PDT by jocon307
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