Professor who set fires after son's suicide faces jail term
SANTA ANA, California (AP) - A German-born professor who set a series of fires in the US after his teenage son killed himself and whose private emails described a graphic plan to attack the boy's school is facing three to 18 years in prison.
Rainer Reinscheid, 49, was due to appear in a California court on Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to six counts of arson, three counts of attempted arson and resisting or obstructing an officer.
Prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence for Reinscheid, who set fires at University High School in Irvine, a school administrator's house and the park where his 14-year-old son hanged himself after being disciplined for allegedly stealing at the school store.
Emails were seized from Reinscheid's account addressed to himself and his wife outlining a plan to attack the school campus, commit sexual assaults and burn down the school before killing himself, though no charges were filed related to those emails, authorities said.