West Hartford Homeowner Found Guilty of Arson - NBC Connecticut

West Hartford Homeowner Found Guilty of Arson



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     A West Hartford accused of setting his own home on fire has been found guilty of arson, according to the Hartford Courant.

    William Beckerman was convicted on two counts of first-degree arson.  In his verdict, Superior Court Judge Thomas V. O'Keefe Jr., said five firefighters were injured battling the fire and many more were at great risk of being injured, reports the Courant.

    Prosecutors claimed that Beckerman set fire to his home at 27 The Crossways on Feb. 19, 2009 and that Beckerman spent a month planning the fire and that he concocted a a story about a faulty furnace causing the blaze.  The defense argued that the furnace could have been t he cause of the fire and that investigators overlooked important evidence, according to the Courant.

    Beckerman opted for a trial by judge instead of jury.

    Bail is set at $3.5 million.