Man guilty of starting Kansas fire in effort to kill 2 women


TOPEKA, Kan. — Jurors have found a man guilty of starting a fire in a suburban Kansas City apartment in an attempt to kill two women who lived there.

The Johnson County, Kansas, prosecutor’s office says in a news release that 38-year-old Ronald Buchanan was convicted Wednesday of three counts of attempted first-degree murder, six counts of aggravated arson and one count of animal cruelty for the May 2018 fire at the Overland Park apartment.

The Kansas City Star reports that all occupants of the building escaped. One child was treated for smoke inhalation and a dog died in the fire. Sentencing is set for March 12.


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