Manager Jailed in R.I. Fire to Be Freed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- The former rock band tour manager whose pyrotechnics started a fire that killed 100 people five years ago will soon be a free man.

Daniel Biechele is scheduled to be released from prison Wednesday after serving less than half of his four-year sentence. He is expected to return to his home state of Florida to serve out the remainder on parole.

Biechele was the tour manager for the band Great White when he set off pyrotechnics inside The Station nightclub on Feb. 20, 2003. Sparks from the pyrotechnics ignited flammable soundproofing foam on the club's walls and ceiling.

Biechele pleaded guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter.

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