Owner of burned apartment charged with felonies
In Portland, Oregon, crimes such as robbery, murder, and kidnapping are considered felonies. Anyone in the state who is arrested on felony charges should realize that being convicted of a crime like this can lead to serious penalties including mandatory prison sentences.
Last Sunday, an apartment building caught fire in Toledo, Oregon, killing two firefighters. Following the tragic incident, the ownerof the apartment was charged with the violent crimes of aggravated murder and aggravated arson.
Based on a report, the suspect entered the garage of the apartment building, stayed there for a minute before going into one of the storefronts. After the suspect left the premises, a tenant from the rear apartment noticed that the building was burning. Toledo firefighters rushed to the scene, where two of them died from exposure to carbon monoxide and thermal burns.
In less than 24 hours, the alleged arsonist was captured by police officers at his home. More than 5,000 people attended the memorial service that was held in honor of the two fallen firefighters.
The defendant, in this case, is facing two felony charges. These charges can have significant penalties.
It is also important to understand that a felony offense is a much more serious charge than a misdemeanor. Those who face felony charges have less room for negotiations. However, with the right criminal defense, those facing felony charges may be able to reduce the penalties that they face. Legal options exist for those facing charges for violent crimes including for murder.