Fire-setting California professor gets prison

Rainer Reinscheid, 49, has been sentenced to 14 years and four months in prison for setting a series of fires at his late son's high school, a school administrator's home and nearby park after the boy committed suicide.
Rainer Reinscheid, 49, has been sentenced to 14 years and four months in prison for setting a series of fires at his late son's high school, a school administrator's home and nearby park after the boy committed suicide. NBC LA

A California professor has been sentenced to 14 years and four months in prison for setting a series of fires at his late son's high school, a school administrator's home and nearby park after the boy committed suicide.

Judge Gregg L. Prickett sentenced 49-year-old Rainer Reinscheid at a hearing Thursday in Santa Ana.

The University of California, Irvine, pharmaceutical sciences professor pleaded guilty in July to six counts of arson, three counts of attempted arson and resisting or obstructing an officer.

Reinscheid's 14-year-old son hanged himself last year after he was disciplined by a school administrator for allegedly stealing from the school store.

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