Plea ends case over 1995 blaze that killed 3 Pittsburgh firefighters

6/9/2022 12:13:00 AM

Plea ends case over 1995 blaze that killed 3 Pittsburgh firefighters

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Plea ends case over 1995 blaze that killed 3 Pittsburgh firefighters

The 1995 Valentine’s Day blaze killed Capt. Thomas Brooks and firefighters Marc Kolenda and Patricia Conroy.

ByThe Associated PressPITTSBURGH — A man accused of having set a Pittsburgh blaze that killed three firefighters more than a quarter of a century ago has entered a plea that carries a conviction but spares him further jail time while allowing him to continue to maintain his innocence.

Forty-four-year-old Gregory Brown Jr., who served 20 years of a life sentence before winning a new trial in the 1995 Valentine’s Day blaze, appeared in federal court Wednesday to enter an Alford plea, which allows a defendant to plead guilty while maintaining innocence, acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict.

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08, 2022, 4:51 p.m. By The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — A man accused of having set a Pittsburgh blaze that killed three firefighters more than a quarter of a century ago has entered a plea that carries a conviction but spares him further jail time while allowing him to continue to maintain his innocence. “He’s not concerned with the Smiths at the moment,” the source told ET. Forty-four-year-old Gregory Brown Jr., who served 20 years of a life sentence before winning a new trial in the 1995 Valentine’s Day blaze, appeared in federal court Wednesday to enter an Alford plea, which allows a defendant to plead guilty while maintaining innocence, acknowledging that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that U.” The source’s comments come months after Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 94th annual Academy Awards ceremony after Rock made fun of Pinkett-Smith’s bald head.S. District Judge David Cercone, who had presided over the state court trial 25 years ago, said it was a “just and reasonable” end to the case, which he said “deserves closure.” He told the packed courtroom that “It’s time to move on. Jane,” he said right before Smith approached the stage and slapped him.” Brown was originally convicted in Allegheny County and sentenced to life but won a new trial after arguing that prosecutors and a federal agent failed to turn over evidence that witnesses were offered money in exchange for their testimonies.

The case was later turned over to federal prosecutors, who obtained an indictment on a charge of malicious destruction of property by fire resulting in death, a charge that could result in a life term. Prosecutors had accused Brown, then 17, of pouring a half-gallon of gasoline on some clothes in the basement of the four-story home and starting the blaze in hopes of collecting $20,000 in insurance money for a down payment on a new home. She expressed her thoughts about alopecia in the cold open of Red Table Talk, “Considering what I’ve been through with my own health and what happened at the Oscars, thousands have reached out to me with their stories. Pittsburgh fire Capt. Thomas Brooks, 42, and firefighters Marc Kolenda, 27, and Patricia Conroy, 43, suffocated when their air tanks ran out as they tried to escape from the rapidly burning home, authorities said. Brown was originally convicted of three counts of second-degree murder, arson and related charges and sentenced to three life terms. “Now, about Oscar night, my deepest hope is that these two intelligent, capable men have an opportunity to heal, talk this out and reconcile.

His mother was convicted of insurance fraud and was placed on probation. Defense attorney Michael Novara argued that his client had been wrongly convicted in the original trial but chose to enter the plea rather than go to trial and risk a life term. “After spending 20 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, and having finally won his freedom, Mr. Until then, Will and I are continuing to do what we have done for the last 28 years, and that’s keep figuring this thing called life together. Brown is unwilling to take the chance that he might again be wrongfully convicted and sent back to prison for the rest of his life,” he said. After the hearing, Brown expressed anger over the 20 years he had spent in prison “for nothing.

For lies. I was out of line and I was wrong.” “The whole case was a lie,” Brown said. “They destroyed my whole family.” Assistant U.” Smith continued, “I would also like to apologize to the Academy, the producers of the show, all the attendees and everyone watching around the world.S.

Attorney Shaun Sweeney told the court that the evidence of the defendant’s guilt was “as strong today as it was in 1997″ but cited the time Brown had spent behind bars in concluding that the plea would “satisfy the interests of justice.” More: . Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards.