Gym Operator Indicted in Deadly Fire

The northwest side gym operator who is accused of setting the May fire at the Ingram Square Shopping Center in an effort to get out of his lease today was indicted on two top-count felony charges that could land him in prison for the rest of his life, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The May 18th fire killed Firefighter Scott Deem, the first firefighter to die on duty in San Antonio in twenty years, and seriously wounded Firefighters Brad Phipps and Robert Vasquez.

Emond Johnson, 39, allegedly wanted to get out of his lease.

Johnson is facing charges of Arson Resulting in death, and Felony Murder, both punishable by 99 years to life in prison.He is also charged with  Arson of a Building and Arson with Bolidy Injury, each carrying sentences of up to 20 years.

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