The couple whose gender reveal party sparked a massive El Dorado fire has been sentenced
The couple who lit off fireworks during a gender reveal party in what became known as the massive El Dorado fire in San Bernardino County in 2020 were sentenced Friday after a court ruling was reached. Plea deal with prosecutors.
the couple Authorities said the fire was inadvertently started a 22,000-acre blaze on a hot, hot day in Yucaipa Park with a device that was supposed to emit blue or pink smoke. The fire killed U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighter Charles Morton, injured two other firefighters and 13 others, destroyed five homes and forced hundreds to evacuate.
Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. was sentenced. He served a year in county jail and two years of felony probation and community service after pleading guilty to felony manslaughter in Morton’s death and two felony counts of recklessly causing a fire in an occupied structure, according to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said Angelina Jimenez pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor counts of arson to another person’s property and was sentenced to a year of probation and community service.
Jimenez’s family was also ordered to pay restitution to the victims in the amount of $1,789,972.
“Solving the case was never a win,” San Bernardino County said. Atty. Jason Anderson in a statement.
“To the victims who have lost so much, including their homes containing valuables and memories, we realize that these intangibles can never be replaced,” Anderson said. “Our hope with this decision is that it will close a painful chapter in your lives, and that compensation will provide some measure of assistance in getting you back on your feet.”
This story originally appeared on Los Angeles Times.
(tags for translation) San Bernardino County