Couple Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter Over Wildfire Allegedly Started During Gender Reveal Party

Couple Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter Over Wildfire Allegedly Started During Gender Reveal Party


A couple involved in a gender reveal that allegedly led to a California fire last year were charged this week with involuntary manslaughter along with several other crimes.

According to CBS News, authorities announced that the couple was charged with involuntary manslaughter as well as other felony and misdemeanor counts and pleaded not guilty.

“Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr. and Angela Renee Jimenez pleaded not guilty Monday to charges involving the El Dorado Fire, San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson announced at a news conference,” the outlet reported. 

“The charges included one felony count of involuntary manslaughter, along with other felony and misdemeanor counts related to the fire. CBS Los Angeles reports the couple each face up to 20 years behind bars if convicted as charged,” it added. 

Desert Sun reported that the “judge released them on their own recognizance despite prosecutors’ request that they each be held on $50,000 bail,  Anderson said.”

The fire led to the death of firefighter Charlie Morton, who was a

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