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Brooklyn Judge Sentences Daniel Ignacio for 2010 Arson on 86th Street in Bensonhurst

Man behind deadly 2010 blaze gets 25 years to life

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The Bensonhurst firestarter will be cooling his heels in a prison cell for a long time

A Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice sentenced Daniel Ignacio — who killed five people when he torched his 86th Street tenement building in 2010 — to 25 years to life in prison on April 4.

Ignacio confessed that on Jan. 30, 2010 he set fire to a paint-thinner-soaked roll of toilet paper and left it in a baby carriage in the doorway of the building between 20th and 21st avenues, before he headed upstairs and fell asleep — claiming to have committed the arson under the influence of alcohol and “demons.”

Ignacio allegedly later helped save a young boy from the very inferno he started, but five of his fellow Guatemalan immigrants were not so lucky. A Brooklyn jury found Ignacio guilty of five counts murder in the second degree, one count of arson in the fourth degree, one count of assault in the first degree, and nine counts of assault in the second degree on March 12.

City inspectors found weeks after the blaze that landlords Vasilios and Argyrios Gerazounis had illegally divided the building into tiny rooms and had not provided adequate escape routes. The building owners went before a Brooklyn judge on March 22. No decision has yet been announced.

Reach reporter Will Bredderman at wbredderman@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow him at twitter.com/WillBredderman.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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