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Calif professor apologizes for setting fires

Posted: August 20, 2013 5:11 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2013 5:11 p.m.

University of California, UCI Irvine professor Rainer Reinscheid stands in court after being charged with eight felony counts of arson.

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California professor who set fires at his late son's high school, a school administrator's home and a park apologized for his actions and says he lost himself in grief after the boy committed suicide.

Rainer Reinscheid pleaded with a judge for a lenient sentence Tuesday in an Orange County courtroom. The University of California, Irvine professor pleaded guilty to six counts of arson, three counts of attempted arson and resisting or obstructing an officer.

Reinscheid's 14-year-old son hanged himself last year after he was disciplined by a school administrator for allegedly stealing from the school store. Reinscheid's private emails described a graphic plan to attack the boy's school.

The hearing will continue Wednesday afternoon.


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