Joseph Haas guilty in arson that injured firefighters

MARTIN COUNTY, Fla. - A jury found Joseph Haas guilty Tuesday for deliberately setting a fire that injured four Martin County firefighters.

The jury got the case at 2 p.m. and returned with a verdict around thirty minutes later.

Haas was found guilty of arson, arson resulting in serious injury, grand theft, and four counts of attempted involuntary manslaughter.

After the verdict, firefighters surrounded Jahwann McIntyre who was seriously burned fighting the fire in December of 2012.

McIntyre was trapped inside for a time and suffered severe burns. He has not yet been able to go back to work.

McIntyre testified last week, but did not want to talk to reporters following the verdict..

However, his father Albert McIntyre showed some compassion for the defendant outside of the courtroom. "He hurt my family, he hurt my son.  Every day he’s living this, and I don't wish nothing bad happen to him but you know you've got to do what you've got to do."

In closing arguments, the defense tried to shift blame to the boyfriend of Haas' daughter.

But prosecutor Tom Baakedahl repeated to jurors the number of lies Joseph Haas told investigators in the wake of the fire set at Haas' Martin County home.

Sentencing is set for August 15th.  


 


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