in the USA, a teenager was sentenced to 40 years for setting fire to a house

in the USA, a teenager was sentenced to 40 years for setting fire to a house


Gavin Seymour

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In the United States, a 19-year-old boy who, together with his friends, set fire to a house in 2020 was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Five people died during the fire.

The company mistakenly decided that the person who stole the phone of one of them lives there. The burning of the house was “revenge”, it is reported ABC News and The Denver Post.

The crime happened in the city of Denver, Colorado. At the time, convict Gavin Seymour was 16 years old. Kevin Buie and Dillon Siebert, whose cases are still pending, were 16 and 14, respectively.

A Senegalese family lived in the burnt house. Three adults and two children – 1 year and 6 months old – died during the fire. Three more people were able to escape by jumping from the second floor.

“If I could go back and prevent all of this, I would. Not a minute goes by that I don’t feel extreme guilt and remorse for my actions.” Seymour said in court.

A house on fire

A house on fire

RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post

Relatives of the victims demanded life imprisonment. Whereas the minimum possible term of protection in this situation is 16 years.

Several supporters of Seymour also spoke in court. They described him as a “respectful and soft-spoken teenager who struggled in high school with learning difficulties and low self-esteem.”

Gavin Seymour was sentenced to 40 years in prison. He will be eligible for special parole after 20 years because he committed crimes against minors.

Kevin Bui will appear next in court.

We will remind, in the USA they were found guilty mother and father the teenager who opened fire at the school, killing four people.


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