Arsonist professor faces prison in US
Tuesday 20 August 2013
A US university professor who started a series of fires after his teenage son committed suicide and who drew up a graphic plan to attack the boy's school is facing a sentence ranging from three years to 18 years in prison.
University of California pharmaceutical sciences professor Rainer Reinscheid, 49, is due to appear in court for sentencing after he pleaded guilty to six counts of arson, three counts of attempted arson, and resisting or obstructing an officer.
Prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence for the German, who started fires at a school, a school administrator's house and the park where his 14-year-old son hanged himself after being disciplined for allegedly stealing at the school store.
Emails were seized from Reinscheid's account addressed to himself and his wife outlining a plan to attack the high school campus, commit sexual assaults and burn down the school before killing himself, though no charges were filed related to them.
Defence lawyer Joshua Glotzer said Reinscheid was not in his right mind after his son's death. Reinscheid had arranged for the boy to meet with a therapist the day he got into trouble at school - and hours before he committed suicide.
- 1 Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
- 2 Sofyen Belamouadden murder: The inside story of a crime that horrified Britain
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
- 5 UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Migrant crisis: Greek soldier saved 20 people singlehandedly off Rhodes beach
Ian Brady: Moors murderer announces his support for Ukip and the SNP
Aaron and Melissa Klein: Oregon anti-gay bakers ordered to pay $135,000 after refusing to make cake for same-sex wedding
UK weather: Britain braced for snow as arctic air mass moves in
Bali Nine executions in Indonesia: Death row British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford says she 'just wants to get it over with'
General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Bridgend based software de...
£21000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A specialist retail and brand c...
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This digital production agency ...
£26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Haulage company based on the Thorpe Indu...