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Gingersnap
03-19-2009, 03:46 PM
Death Recommended for Arsonist Behind California Wildfire That Killed Firefighters
Thursday, March 19, 2009

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Raymond Lee Oyler, suspect in 2 arson fires set near Banning, Calif., in June and a 'person of interest' in the Esperanza fire.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. A jury recommended the death penalty Wednesday for a man convicted of murdering five federal firefighters who were overrun by one of several wildfires he ignited in Southern California in 2006.

Jurors took less than a day to decide that Raymond Lee Oyler deserved to die. Prosecutors cited the horrific pain the fire crew suffered and the terror the auto mechanic's fires caused in rural areas of Riverside County.

After the verdict was announced, Oyler's daughter echoed his lawyers' claim that he never intended to kill anyone.

"That was not in his mind. My dad is not this monster they paint him to be," 21-year-old Heather Oyler said outside the courtroom.

Oyler, 38, was convicted of five counts of first-degree murder, 20 counts of arson and 17 counts of using an incendiary device. At sentencing, set for April 3, the judge still could give him the punishment the defense had urged jurors to choose: life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Prosecutor Michael Hestrin told jurors in closing arguments of the trial's penalty phase that Oyler was not a casual arsonist but instead sought the power to end people's lives.

Fox (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,509730,00.html)

AHeneen
03-19-2009, 04:33 PM
Psss...this is in California. There's no way he'd be executed. He probably won't even serve 10 years!

Fergus
03-20-2009, 06:02 AM
I have no problem seeing this animal executed.

DUmmyland will no doubt run to the side of this killer and give him all the support and love he could want.

Remember "Let Tookie Live!" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanley_Williams