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Fire boss of Thirtymile fire due in federal court Tuesday

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SPOKANE, Wash. - The fire crew boss indicted in the deaths of four firefighters working the Thirtymile Fire in July 2001 is due in federal court on Tuesday.

Last Thursday, a federal grand jury returned an 11-count indictment against Ellreese N. Daniels

Four counts of the indictment allege that Daniels committed involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of the four firefighters.  They were killed on July 10, 1001 while fighting the fire in the Chewuch River Canyon in Okanogan County.  Seven other counts charge Daniels with lying to the Forest Service and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the agencies' investigations.

The new charges are the same as the ones filed against Daniels in December 2006 in a criminal complaint. 

Daniels is currently on pre-trial release, and is schedule to appear for arraignment on the new indictment on January 30.


Each of the four involuntary manslaughter charges carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of court supervision after release.  And each of the seven false statement charges carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years of court supervision after release.

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