Bronx Man Gets 20 Years For Blaze That Killed Yonkers Firefighter

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A man who set a blaze that killed a Yonkers firefighter has been sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

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Rafael Roldan previously pleaded guilty to murder and assault.

A 39-year-old firefighter, Patrick Joyce, was killed and two other firefighters were seriously injured in October 2009.

His lawyer said Roldan was trying to burn his landlord’s clothes after being evicted from the multifamily building.

Roldan’s trial was heavily attended by uniformed firefighters. It began on January 6, 2011.

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  • eguarino

    20 years for this crumb, I hope he goes up in flames!!!

    • tiny

      To strict when that was not his INTENT–this was an accidental homicide..Unfair -Unjust and un-necessary–he needed psychiatric incarceration.

  • stan

    20 years. i say he got off easy. hope they make his life a living hell in prison

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