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136 Criminal Charges Filed Against Duplex Owner Where 2 Men Died

Published on Friday, August 2, 2013 | 4:59 am

The 74-year-old owner of a duplex where two men died in a November fire faces 136 criminal charges filed by Pasadena city prosecutors and may face up to six months of imprisonment and $136,000 fine.

Jeanette Broussard of Altadena was charged with 136 identical misdemeanor counts of operating the illegal boarding house where tenants Paul Richard Boys, 75, and Cliff Juan Clark, 56, were killed in a November 2012 fire,  Assistant City Prosecutor Kimery Shelton told the Los Angeles Times.

One of the tenants, Garth Allen Robbins, 50, allegedly started the fire and was charged with arson, murder and attempted murder five days after the incident. Robbins’ preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 15.

“Ultimately, it’s really critical that we send a message that we are going to hold property owners accountable for maintaining safe and livable facilities that are consistent with code,” Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck told the Times.

Broussard’s arraignment is set for next Wednesday. Her El Sereno Ave. property was investigated more than a decade ago for alleged illegal construction and substandard living conditions, the Times reported, citing city records obtained last year.

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