Convicted Arizona Businessman Appears To Commit Suicide In CourtroomBy ALYSSA NEWCOMB | ABC News
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This man attempted to steal $2.55 million through insurance fraud by burning his own house down and he faced 16-years in prison, yet the criminals in Washington can steal billions of dollars from taxpayers and give it to insurance companies like AIG and they go scott free. There is no reason non-violent criminals should be imprisoned. - ChrisAn Arizona millionaire who died minutes after he was convicted of arson appeared to have put something in his mouth while in the court room, sparking an investigation into whether the convicted arsonist had poisoned himself.
Michael Marin, 53, was convicted on Thursday of purposefully burning down his $2.55 million mansion in the tony Biltmore Estates neighborhood of Phoenix after he was unable to keep up with mortgage payments and a plan to raffle his house through a charity fundraiser failed. He faced up to 16 years in prison.
After the guilty verdict on one count of arson was read, a seemingly distraught Marin buried his face into his hands and appeared to place something in his mouth.