Refugio Jimenez Jr Wiki – Refugio Jimenez Jr Biography
Refugio Jimenez Jr and Angelina Jimenez are from California. They were charged with involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday, months after their gender reveal allegedly resulted in a wildfire that killed a firefighter.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Refugio and Angelina used a smoke bomb at El Dorado Park on September 5 — at the height of a heatwave. The ensuing blaze not only destroyed 22,000 acres and five homes, but claimed the life of U.S. Forest Service wildland firefighter Charles Morton, injured 15 people, including two firefighters, and forced hundreds of people to evacuate.
His age is unclear.
The El Dorado fire reportedly started on September 5, after the couple and their young children staged a gender reveal party at El Dorado Ranch Park in Yucaipa, located at the foot of the San Bernardino mountains. The family set off some smoke-generating pyrotechnic device in a field, immediately igniting dry grass in the scorching weather.
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The couple called 911 and desperately tried to douse the flames using bottles of water but in vain. Strong winds fanned the flames as the fire rapidly spread across national forest land, about 75 miles east of Los Angeles. The blaze was finally extinguished on November 16.
The Jimenez family is now facing charges including one felony count of involuntary manslaughter, along with three felony counts of recklessly causing a fire with significant bodily injury, four felony counts of recklessly causing a fire to inhabited structures, and 22 various misdemeanor counts related to the fire.
The California couple is facing up to 20 years in prison if convicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter after their gender reveal party sparked a wildfire that claimed the life of a firefighter and burned over 22,000 acres of forest land.
San Bernardino County District Attorney Jason Anderson revealed at a news conference on Monday, July 19, how Refugio Manuel Jimenez Jr and Angela Renee Jimenez pleaded not guilty to charges involving the El Dorado wildfire that killed 39-year-old firefighter Charles Morton.
In addition to involuntary manslaughter, the Jimenezes were charged with recklessly causing a fire with significant bodily injury, recklessly causing a fire to inhabited structures, and recklessly causing a fire to the property of another. The couple was released without posting bail.