Woman found guilty of murder, arson in deaths of KCMO firefighters

July 23, 2018 - 10:29 am

Kansas City, MO - A former nail salon manager has been found guilty of several felonies, including second degree murder for the deaths of two Kansas City firefighters.

Following a week-long bench trial, a Jackson County judge also found Thu Hong Nguyen guilty of arson for setting the fire at a Northeast Kansas City nail salon off Independence Avenue on October 12, 2015.

Guilty 2nd degree murder, guilty 1st degree arson. Thu Hong Nguyen. In case of fire that killed two firefighters Oct 15, 2015. ⁦@fox4kc#verdict pic.twitter.com/MjZXWyNMmQ

— Kathy Quinn (@KQBTV) July 23, 2018

KCMO Firefighters Larry Leggio, 43, and John Mesh, 39, were killed when a brick wall collapsed burying them in bricks. Two other firefighters were seriously injured.

Court documents show Nguyen has been linked to fires at two other nail salons in which she collected insurance payouts.

Nguyen will be sentenced  on Sept. 14 at 8:30 a.m.

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