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Businessman convicted in chemical weapons attack

Posted at 4:55 PM, Mar 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 10:03:48-04

A Tucson businessman who was already serving 17 years in federal prison in a 2009 chemical attack on a family was convicted on several more counts Thursday.

Todd Russell Fries, who owned Burns Power Washing, was convicted of the new charges in Pima County Superior Court. He has been convicted of using chlorine tablets and other chemicals to set a fire at the home of Myles and Karen Levine.

Levine told KGUN9 on the phone that she is pleased with the verdict.

"I feel very happy," she said. "The jury got it right. Justice is finally being served and we have closure to this horrific act after going through hell for several years. I'd like him to never see daylight again."

He attempted to trap the Levines in the home by sealing the exits. He was disputing a $200 charge with the family.
 
Following U.S. District Court convictions in 2012 and 2013,
 
On Thursday, he was convicted of the following charges:
 
  • Two counts of attempted first degree murder.
  • Two counts of kidnapping.
  • Aggravated assault.
  • Three counts of endangerment.
  • Two counts of manufacturing, possessing, transporting, selling or transfering a prohibited weapon.
  • Reckless burning.
  • First degree burglary.
  • Four counts of identity theft.
  • Four counts of criminal damage.
 
Fries will be sentenced June 13.