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Plea Deal Rejected In Kaushik Patel Case

By Marcus Gilmer in News on Dec 4, 2008 4:40PM

2008_12_04_Patelmug.jpgProsecutors have rejected a plea deal in the case of Kaushik Patel, the man accused of killing his two young sons be dousing them in flammable liquid and setting them on fire last November. The deal would have sent Patel to prison for life but prosecutors are sticking to their guns and seeking the death penalty for Patel. Patel had originally planned to plead guilty in exchange for the life sentence, but prosecutors are moving forward with the trial, which begins in April 2009. Patel claimed that when he set his sons, 4-year-old Om and 7-year-old Vishv, on fire, he was actually trying to kill himself. Om died two months after the burning, in January of this year, and Vishv died a month after him.