Pair charged in deadly apartment fire appear for sentencing

By Katherine Wartell

TOPEKA — The duo charged in connection with fatal February apartment fire that resulted in the death of a K-State researcher appeared in federal court Monday for sentencing.

Patrick Scahill, 20, and Virginia Griese, 19, appeared in front of District Judge Julie Robinson for the charge of arson resulting in death. Both pleaded guilty in April to the Feb. 6 fire at Lee Crest Apartments in Manhattan authorities say they set to divert the attention of law enforcement officials serving a search warrant.
Federal sentencing guidelines recommend 27 to 33 years in prison, but the defense is pleading for shorter sentences than the guidelines recommend.

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