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Man Convicted Of Manslaughter For Starting Fire That Killed One

On Oct.19, Juan Manuel Calderon-Ramirez, 38, pleaded guilty to three felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter, causing a fire that led to great bodily injury, and burning an inhabited structure.

A man charged with starting a six-acre fire that killed an elderly woman this summer in Sage has pleaded guilty.

On Oct. 19, Juan Manuel Calderon-Ramirez, 38, pleaded guilty to three felony charges, including involuntary manslaughter, causing a fire that led to great bodily injury, and burning an inhabited structure.

“Units arrived at 3:58 p.m. and reported the fire was burning in medium brush, with structures and other property involved and threatened by the fire,” according to a news release from Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

The six-acre blaze dubbed the Taffle Fire was brought under control by about 7 p.m that night, but not before destroying one occupied mobile home, one vehicle, one storage building, and various outdoor improvements, Hagemann reported.

The area was cordoned off, and Riverside County Sheriff’s deputies and investigators were called to the scene, Hagemann stated.

Through investigation, it was determined that Calderon-Ramirez had sparked the blaze as the result of a unpermitted debris burn, according to Hagemann.

He is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 7.

Lash LaRue October 24, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Wow That was QUICK just over two months since the fire.
Brenda October 24, 2012 at 02:28 AM
Yep LL, two long months for guilty and 7 weeks for sentencing. Ramirez pleaded guilty, 3 felonies, inv. manslaughter, starting a trash burn without a permit, it got away from him and caused great bodily injury, burning an inhabited structure. This is a sad case because it was a day or two before they found her body, which makes me think she didnt have any one close. Her name is not even mentioned in this article. I worry about with our elderly and I wish we had a system to know when they live alone and start some type of check in system with them. Of course it would have to be operated by volunteers. I remember a lady dying one summer from the heat because her social security did not pay her enough to pay a big elect bill, so she did not turn it on. It was around a month before the landlord went into the apt. I have since heard alot of these type stories all over the country...very sad. This case reminds me of the recent red light running deaths. This man has pleaded guilty to 3 felonies for his 1 action which caused a death then the two additional felonies tacked on. With the first charge being of involuntary manslaughter as he did not know she was there. In the process of one law broken, more inadvertently happen, to a total of 3 felony charges, as should be the same with running red lights and subsequently killing people right?. Otherwise Juan here could have only gotten a citation for burning trash without a permit.

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