Woman convicted of murder, arson in KC firefighters' deaths

10 months 20 hours 59 minutes ago Monday, July 23 2018 Jul 23, 2018 Monday, July 23, 2018 12:19:50 PM CDT July 23, 2018 in News
By: The Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nail salon manager has been convicted of setting a fire that killed two firefighters in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Kansas City Star reports that a Jackson County circuit judge on Monday found 46-year-old Thu Hong Nguyen guilty of two counts of second-degree murder, second-degree arson and second-degree assault.

Her sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 14. She could be facing to up to 30 years in prison for each murder charge.

Forty-three-year-old Larry Leggio and 39-year-old John Mesh were killed when a brick wall fell on them as they fought a fire at a three story building containing Nguyen's nail salon in October 2015.

Two other firefighters were seriously injured.

Authorities say Nguyen lit a fire in the salon's storeroom and that she was the last person seen leaving.

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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com

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