Home is where the majority of people feel a sense of safety and security. The violation of that security by an intruder can be extremely unsettling, but for one Connecticut woman, it turned out to be deadly. A burglary quickly erupted into something much more serious when an alleged robber set an apartment on fire. The man accused of the robbery now faces serious charges.
The burglar -- a 21-year-old male -- is said to have been in the process of robbing a woman's home when he decided to set her apartment building on fire. The third-floor apartment's resident was still inside at the time. A resident of one of the apartments on the first floor smelled smoke at 5 a.m. and called firefighters to the scene. They were able to put out the apartment fire, but they were unable to save the third-floor resident.
Firefighters found the 56-year-old woman dead on the floor in her home. The man who set the blaze was apprehended by police and is currently in jail facing several serious charges, including murder and arson. This apparently isn't the man's first run-in with the law either. In 2012 he faced charges for felony larceny and violating his probation.
Serious charges have been brought against the young man who supposedly set fire to the apartment. If convicted, his past charges -- which are still awaiting the court's final decision -- may play a role in his court case as well as any potential convictions or sentences. This Connecticut man may benefit from ensuring that he is aware of applicable state and federal laws as they pertain to his case in order to build a defense team that will best serve his needs. Even if outside observers may feel as though the case is cut and dry, those accused of a crime are still awarded the presumption of innocence and the right to a comprehensive defense team that will work in their favor.
Source: masslive.com, Connecticut man charged following investigation into fatal arson at Manchester home, Robert Rizzuto, Feb. 15, 2014