Jason Rose Guilty

By: 13 News
By: 13 News

A Douglas County District Court jury has found Jason Allen Rose guilty of lesser charges in a deadly fire at the Boardwalk Apartments.

Late this morning Rose was convicted of three counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of aggravated arson and seven counts of aggravated battery.

Sentencing is set for June 18th.

The 21-year-old Rose originally was charged with three counts of felony murder in the October 2005 fire at the apartment building where he lived.

But the judge in the case told jurors that they could return an involuntary manslaughter verdict if they believed Rose recklessly set the fire -- but didn't know people could die from it.

Three people died in the fire: Kansas University student Nicole Bingham, electrician Jose Gonzalez and Yolanda Riddle, a social

About 20 people were hurt in the fire.

Rose's first trial ended in a mistrial in February when prosecutors tried to introduce a surprise witness whose existence became known after the trial began.

Defense lawyers protested they had not been given a chance to prepare to question the witness.

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