Missouri men guilty on charges of conspiracy to commit arson

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Criminal defense on Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Missouri restaurant owner and two accomplices have been found guilty of conspiracy and arson in connection with the fire at the Hereford House restaurant four years ago. The man, who was a partial owner of the restaurant, the Hereford House, was named Restaurateur of the Year in 1997 and received a hospitality award in 2001. However, the business began to struggle with the development of the Power & Light District. The three men were found guilty of burning down the restaurant to collect insurance money.

Conspiracy to commit a crime is a violation of federal criminal law. By definition, conspiracy is an agreement between at least two people to commit an illegal act. Conspiracy can also be the agreement to commit a legal act by illegal means. Arson, in this case, is an illegal act. Arson, by definition, is the willful, malicious, wrongful and unjustified act of setting fire to property. Arson is usually committed to fraudulently obtain money or other resources.

When Missouri residents are charged with the commission of a criminal act, they may not feel that the playing field is level. They may feel that the authorities or prosecution are treating them like they are presumably guilty or that they are trying to intimidate them into answering questions or revealing information. It is for these very reasons that a strong criminal defense is so utterly important.

An accusation of violating a federal criminal law is a severe accusation and a rigorous defense will ensure defendants receive the advocacy, rights and treatment to which they are entitled.

Source: Claims Journal, “Missouri Restaurant Owner, Co-Defendants Guilty of Arson,” Nov. 2, 2012