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Couple sent to prison for arson fire that killed handyman

October 12, 2011 |  8:26 am

A Long Beach husband and wife have been sentenced to prison for the death of a handyman they hired to set fire to their home in an attempt to collect an insurance payout.

Long Beach Superior Court Judge Joan Comparet-Cassani handed down the sentences Tuesday to Victor Barriere, who will serve 14 years, and Olga Barriere, who will serve six.

They made plea agreements with L.A. County prosecutors after initially facing a charge of murder in a special-circumstance case that could have qualified them for the death penalty.

Thomas Trucios died in 2007 after receiving massive burns in an explosion that rocked the Barrieres' home after a fire he set acting on the couple's behalf, prosecutors said.

The fire was set to collect on an insurance policy, according to prosecutors.


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