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  1. #1
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    Aug 2003

    RI - The Station Nightclub Fire, 100 dead at Great White concert, 20 Feb 2003

    Judge refuses to dismiss manslaughter charges in nightclub fire

    Tuesday, December 6, 2005 1:14 PM CST

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A judge on Monday refused to dismiss any of the manslaughter counts against three men charged in a 2003 nightclub fire that killed 100 people.

    Defense lawyers had asked the judge to throw out the indictments, accusing prosecutors of withholding evidence that they believed helped their case.

    Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, who owned The Station nightclub, and Daniel Biechele, manager of the rock band Great White, whose pyrotechnics started the deadly blaze, each have pleaded innocent after being indicted on 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter for the Feb. 20, 2003, fire.

    Judge Francis J. Darigan Jr. dismissed accusations that prosecutors engaged in misconduct, saying a fax that came to light last month did not have to be presented to the grand jurors who indicted the three men in 2003.

    More: http://www.picayuneitem.com/articles...greatwhite.txt
    Last edited by PrayersForMaura; 12-06-2005 at 03:51 PM.

  2. #2
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    Nov 2005
    NSW Australia
    I remember seeing this on the Today show when it happened.

    What an awful way to die, those poor people.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2005
    I remember seeing the film footage and thinking...how could anyone be sooooo dumb as to think they could shoot firworks up like that and it would all turn out ok. I mean Duh

    It was pretty obvious to me that the ceiling in the place was very low.....

  4. #4
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    Jan 2006

    band manager to plead guilty in nightclub fire

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- It was a decision he'd made plenty of times before: set off some pyrotechnics to get the crowds stirred up for a night of heavy metal music. But one fateful night in February 2003, inside a gritty Rhode Island nightclub, something went terribly wrong.

    Now, three years after the flashy display sparked a fire that killed 100 concertgoers, Daniel Biechele _ former tour manager for the rock band Great White _ will spend up to a decade in prison thinking about the lives lost in a horrid blaze that left the state reeling.Biechele will be back in Rhode Island next week to plead guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter after reaching a deal with prosecutors that calls for him to serve a maximum of 10 years in state prison.


  5. #5
    wow, this has been a long time coming...

  6. #6
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    Oct 2005
    Madison, WI
    This fire was one of those incidents that sticks out in my mind. I remember where I was when the news broke, etc... I watched the news coverage as it happened. I was so struck by the devastation and incredible loss of life. I am glad this terrible saga is coming to an end, without all these wounds having to be repopened by a trial. The tragedy is so heart wrenching...

  7. #7
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    Aug 2004
    The Other End
    This was sad .. I remember when it happened.. I think it's a sad case all the way around.. No one was meant to be killed...

    This post is my opinion only, and is subject to making me look totally confused

  8. #8
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    Aug 2005
    Baltimore, MD
    Jury Selection Starts in R.I. Nightclub Fire
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Sept. 5) - Jury selection began Tuesday for the highly anticipated trial of one of the owners of the nightclub where a fire killed 100 people three years ago.

    Michael Derderian is the first person to stand trial for the Feb. 20, 2003, blaze at The Station, which began when sparks from stage pyrotechnics ignited soundproofing foam on the club's walls and ceiling. It was the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history, and also injured more than 200 people.

    More at link: http://tinyurl.com/zjdkl

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  9. #9
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    Apr 2013
    From December 2006:


    Owners of the Station nightclub in West Warwick were sentenced Friday for their role in the 2003 fire that killed 100 people and injured countless others. Brothers Michael and Jeffrey Derderian pled no contest to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter...

    Michael Derderian will serve four years of a 15-year sentence for his role in the worst fire in Rhode Island history. The remainder of his sentence is suspended pending the successful completion of a three-year probation.

    Jeffrey Derderian received a 10-year suspended sentence and will not serve jail time, instead getting three years of probation and 500 hours of community service.

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