Pasadena Duplex Owner Faces Charges In Deadly Fire
PASADENA (CBS/AP) — Prosecutors have filed more than 100 counts against the owner of a Pasadena duplex where two men died in an explosion and arson fire last November.
The Los Angeles Times reports 74-year-old Jeanette Broussard was charged with 136 misdemeanor counts, including operating an illegal boarding house. Broussard could face up to six months in jail. She’s scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday.
Authorities say 20 people were living in the three-story residence when a fire was set by a resident. Cliff Juan Clark, 56, and 75-year-old Paul Richard Boyd died in the fire and a third man, Perry Simons, was suffered serious burns.
Garth Allen Robbins has pleaded not guilty to arson, murder and attempted murder charges. He’s being held without bail and could face the death penalty if convicted.
The case against Broussard is being brought as part of a broader crackdown on unlicensed boarding homes.