Sunday, June 29, 2008

Man Convicted in 2005 Metrolink Train Disaster

Juan Alvarez, 29, the man accused of killing 11 people back in a 2005 commuter train derailment in Glendale, California, was convicted last Thursday on 11 counts of first-degree murder.

Alvarez, who was acquitted on a count labeled train wrecking, was also convicted of one count of arson.

According to authorities, Alvarez said he was trying to commit suicide when he stationed his SUV on railroad tracks back in January of 2005. That decision resulted in a Metrolink train derailing and striking a second Metrolink train.

The penalty phase of Alvarez's trial will take place next month. Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty.

Editor's Take: There are many 'easier' ways for someone to kill themselves. The sad part here is that 11 other people suffered the ultimate loss; they had no choice in the matter. Alvarez, who had a choice in the matter, should get his previous wish.

Question of the day: Should Juan Alvarez get the death penalty when he is sentenced next month? Feel free to leave a comment.

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