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Man Dies After Being Convicted In Arson Case

PHOENIX (AP) — A Paradise Valley man collapsed and died after being convicted of deliberately burning down his $3.5 million mansion.

A Maricopa County Superior Court jury on Thursday found 53-year-old Michael Marin guilty of arson of an occupied structure.

A sentencing date wasn’t immediately available. But when Marin’s trial began in May, prosecutors say he faced up to nearly 16 years in prison if he was convicted.

The Arizona Republic says Marin collapsed shortly after the verdict was read. He was taken to a Phoenix hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Marin’s mansion burned down in July 2009 after it failed to sell at a charity auction.

Phoenix Fire Department investigators called it arson. Prosecutors claimed Marin set fire to his house because he could no longer pay the mortgage.

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