Skooter reporting 06/30/12
As the guilty verdict was handed down in a Phoenix courtroom, defendant Michael Marin appeared sad, closed his eyes, put his head in his hands and took something in his mouth, then took a sipped from a sports bottle. In minutes, the 53-year old man was dead.
Investigators thought that Marin took a poison pill after the jury found him guilty of arson, an uncanny ending to a case that began in 2009 when he came out from his burning mansion in scuba gear.
Marin torched his home when he couldn't maintain with the payments, the prosecutors claimed. Marin who was an attorney by profession and father of four, was found guilty of a felony count of arson of an occupied structure and sentenced from seven to 21 years in prison. Marin was former Wall Street trader, had scaled the world’s seven tallest mountains, including Everest and art collector who claimed he had original Picassos.
Marin's four grown children, who live in Arizona, and his attorney, Andrew Clemency or prosecutor Chris Rapp did not return call for comment.
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