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Convicted arsonist awaiting sentence expected to plead guilty in unrelated assault case

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March 15, 2016 - 1:08 PM

KAMLOOPS - A man convicted of arson and manslaughter is facing additional charges in an unrelated court case which he’s expected to plead guilty to later this spring.

David Peter Gordon faces two counts of assault causing bodily harm. In Kamloops Supreme Court yesterday, March 14, his lawyer put the case over to April for the accused to enter guilty pleas.

Last November, a jury convicted Gordon for two counts of arson which caused the death of houseguest Cheryl William. The incident occurred when an intoxicated Gordon set fire to a pile of clothes in his bedroom after a fight with his girlfriend. The fire spread quickly throughout the house he lived in with his roommate. William was trapped in the blaze and later died of complications from smoke inhalation.

Sentencing has been delayed while the court awaits psychiatric test results.

Depending on results, Crown may pursue a dangerous offender designation, which includes an indefinite prison term.

Gordon will return to court on April 8 to enter his plea and fix a date for sentencing.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Glynn Brothen at gbrothen@infonews.ca or call 250-319-7494. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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