Man suspected in LA arsons to appear in court
LOS ANGELES - January 24, 2012 (WPVI) -- A German man suspected in dozens of arsons that terrorized Los Angeles over the New Year's weekend is expected to arraigned Tuesday.
Harry Burkhart may enter his plea to 37 counts of arson in a Los Angeles courtroom. He's being held on $2.85 million bail and could face several dozen years in prison if convicted.
The 24-year-old is suspected of setting more than 50 blazes that caused an estimated $3 million in damage.
Authorities said they believe Burkhart was angry over his mother's legal troubles and went on a nighttime rampage of burning parked cars. In some of the fires, an incendiary device was placed under the engine area of cars.
Burkhart's mother is facing extradition to Germany where she's been charged with 19 counts of fraud.
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