Sentencing Set For Band Tour Manager In Nightclub Fire

Relatives of the 100 people killed in a Rhode Island nightclub fire will have a chance to share their pain in open court starting today as a sentencing hearing begins.

The three day sentencing hearing for Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele (BEEK'-lee) is expected to showcase emotionally wrenching testimonials from the families.

Biechele set off the pyrotechnics display during a February 20th, 2003, concert, igniting a fire that swiftly enveloped the crowded nightclub.

Biechele will be sentenced under a plea agreement to as many as ten years in prison, and prosecutors are recommending the maximum. His lawyers are asking for community service instead.

Biechele pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in February.

Club owners Jeffrey and Michael Derderian each face 200 counts of involuntary manslaughter and are accused of installing the flammable sound-proofing foam.

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