Landlord gets life in prison for Cicero fire that killed 7

A former landlord of a 3 flat apartment complex in Cicero was sentenced to life in prison for the murder of 7 in a arson fire back in 2010.  Here is more on the tragic story.

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune – “A former landlord was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole for the murders of seven Cicero residents, ages 20 years to 3 days old, who were killed in a 2010 fire the man ordered set to an apartment building he owned.

Cook County Judge Carol Kipperman said she would have sentenced Lawrence Myers to death if Illinois law still allowed such a sentence.

“Everything on this trial was horrendous,” Kipperman said at the courthouse in Maywood. “His motivations were for money. This (trial) left me speechless.”

Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

Myers showed no emotion when the sentence was rendered.

He was convicted by a jury in November.

The fatal fire took place on Valentine’s Day 2010. According to prosecutors, Myers, 64, wanted to burn down his building in the 3000 block of South 48th Court to collect on a $250,000 insurance policy and move to West Virginia. Deep in debt, he hired his maintenance man, Marion “Andre” Comier, 51, who is still awaiting trial on murder charges, to set the fire, prosecutors said.”…Continue Reading Here

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