Tue. Mar 31st, 2020

PG&E To Plead Guilty To Arson, Manslaughter In Deadly 2018 Camp Fire

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. will plead guilty to 85 felony counts because of its responsibility for the deadly 2018 Camp Fire, a monumental step that will lead to the California power provider’s second criminal conviction in less than five years.

PG&E Corp., the utility’s parent, revealed its plea agreement in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission Monday. It said it had reached the agreement with the office of Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey, who has spent the last 16 months investigating the San Francisco company’s role in the deadliest and most destructive wildfire California has ever seen.

PG&E said it will admit to 84 counts of manslaughter and one count of unlawfully causing a fire. A PG&E power line started the Camp Fire, which destroyed nearly 19,000 buildings and almost totally leveled the town of Paradise.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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