Is 10-Year Term Enough For Nighclub Fire That Killed 100?


Victims were divided over a plea agreement in a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100, says the Providence Journal. Eileen DiBonaventura, whose son died in the fire, was “disgusted.” Tonda Daniels, who lost a sister, was “stunned.” Richard Sanetti, who almost three years ago walked out of the Station nightclub fire that killed his niece, Bridget, said, “Any lesson anybody had to learn from it has already been learned,” he said. “All this criminal activity isn’t going to bring anybody back.” Daniel M. Biechele, former tour manager for the rock brand Great White and the man who lit the pyrotechnics that burned an old restaurant and caused one of the worst fires of its kind in U.S. history, pleaded guilty and will serve a maximum 10-year term.


The club’s co-owners, Jeffrey A. and Michael A. Derderian, also were charged with 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter. Andrea Silva, whose uncle died in the fire, said of the plea bargain: “In 10 years, our loved ones won’t be back but he’ll still be here.”


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