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Missouri nail salon owner sentenced to 74 years in prison for arson deaths of two firefighter

September 22, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Missouri nail salon owner sentenced to 74 years in prison for arson deaths of two firefighter

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Missouri woman sentenced to 74-years in prison for 2015 arson deaths of two Kansas City firefighters.

A Missouri nail salon owner was sentenced to 74 years in prison for the 2015 arson deaths of two Kansas City firefighters.

Jackson County Circuit Court Judge Joel P. Fahnestock handed down the sentencing of 46-year-old Thu Hong Nguyen on Friday.

According to Kansas City Star, Nguyen was found guilty in July of two counts each of second-degree murder, along with arson and assault charges in connection with the deadly fire that was intentionally set as part of an insurance scam.

Prosecutors said Nguyen set fire to the building using acetone and isopropyl alcohol to collect the insurance money.

The fire caused a section of the three-story building’s brick facade to collapse, killing Kansas City firefighters Larry Leggio, 43, and John Mesh, 39.

Two other firefighters were severely wounded battling the blaze.

“So much has been stolen from each one of our lives,” Leggio’s wife, Missy, said during the sentencing hearing.

“We lost a father, a son, a brother, a husband, an uncle and a beloved friend of so many, instead of making new memories with John, we talk about the memory of John,” Mesh’s brother Jim said while testifying during the trial.

Nguyen was described by prosecutors as a “serial arsonist” who in the past had repeatedly set fire to businesses for insurance money.

The woman also had a prior arson conviction in connection with a fire at another nail she operated in 2013.

During the investigation, detectives discovered that over the years Nguyen had collected over $268,000 in insurance payouts according to the Star.

The woman’s attorney told FOX4 they intended to launch appeal over the conviction next week.

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