Thursday, January 2, 2014

LAFD Firefighters To Pack Courtroom En mass In Firefighter Death Plea Bargain Case #CaFire #Calaw

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 LAFD Firefighter/Paramedic Glenn Allen, Trapped And Killed In Structure Fire
LOS ANGELES - A man charged with manslaughter for the death of a Los Angeles Firefighter will face a downtown courtroom packed with his colleagues on Friday, January 3, 2013. 

The off-duty members of the Los Angeles Fire Department will gather respectfully in honor of Firefighter/Paramedic Glenn Allen, who died following a February 16, 2011 structure fire that involved a custom-built home on Viewsite Drive in the Hollywood Hills.

During fire suppression efforts, a ceiling collapsed, causing injury to 11 firefighters and leading to the death of Allen, a 36 year veteran of the Department.

Following the fire, an investigation ensued to determine if there was criminal culpability for Glenn Allen's death. As a result of that investigation, which involved the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section, LAPD Robbery Homicide Division, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF), an arrest was made. Gerhard Becker, the owner/architect of home, was ultimately charged with one count of manslaughter.

The criminal case against Becker has been in the pre-trial stages. Becker has now indicated to the court that he wishes to enter a plea that would cause him to be sentenced for his crime without having to face trial. As such, his plea and sentencing for case #BA393940 has been scheduled before Judge Robert Perry:

Friday, January 3, 2014
8:30AM
Criminal Courts Building, Department 104
210 West Temple Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

The District Attorney's Office is asking for the maximum term of four years in state prison. Belief that the court is leaning toward a more lenient sentence has brought frustration to many members of the Fire Service, and stirred strong sentiment in the community - especially among those who Glenn Allen proudly served.

NOTE: Results of the hearing will be posted via an updated article on Friday afternoon at the LAFD News & Information blog For complete information, a photo and updates, kindly visit: http://lafd.blogspot.com/2014/01/man-charged-with-death-of-los-angeles.html


Source: Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist - Public Service Officer
Emergency Public Information (EPI) Center
Los Angeles Fire Department

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