Florissant man pleads guilty in arson fire that killed son

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on July 3, 2013 at 1:56 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 3 at 6:59 PM

ST. LOUIS -- A Florissant man faces 10 years to life in prison now that he’s admitted a fraud-related count linked to a 2001 arson fire that killed his 15-year-old son.

 

Fifty-four-year-old Steven Kemper pleaded guilty Wednesday in a federal court in St. Louis to a felony count of aiding and abetting the use of fire to commit mail fraud.

He was charged in 2011 along with his ex-wife, Sandra Bryant. She has pleaded not guilty and awaits trial.

Authorities have alleged the former couple defrauded hundreds of thousands of dollars from insurers with house fires culminating in the 2001 one in the St. Louis suburb of Florissant that killed Zachariah Kemper.

Investigators alleged that the arson fires included one in Alton, Ill.

 

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