NYC Teen’s Life Sentence For Mattress Fire Highlights Disparities In Criminal Justice System


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On April 6, 2014, Dockery set fire to a mattress in his Coney Island apartment to pass the time while he waited for family who lived in the building. He was 16 at the time of the crime.

Life Sentence For BK Teen Highlights Criminal Justice Disparities | News One

Marcel Dockery, 19, of New York City, was sentenced to 19 years to life on Tuesday for an arson fire he said stemmed from boredom, WABC reports. His actions led to responding Officer Dennis Guerra’s death.

On April 6, 2014, Dockery set fire to a mattress in his Coney Island, Brooklyn apartment while he waited for family who lived in the building. He was 16 at the time.

Guerra and his partner, Rosa Rodriguez, were overcome with smoke inhalation as they approached the blaze. Guerra later died from complications in the hospital.

Dockery originally faced…

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