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Father Pleads Guilty to Bribery Attempt

April 07, 1998|GREG HERNANDEZ

A Fullerton man has pleaded guilty to felony charges that he falsified evidence and tried to bribe an Anaheim fire investigator to lie about the cause of a 1995 car fire that killed his infant daughter.

William Vincent Romero, 31, faces up to a year in jail when he is sentenced May 1 under a negotiated plea settlement, according to Deputy Dist. Atty. John Anderson.

Romero had offered to buy the fire investigator a condominium on Maui and give him $60,000 from settlement money if it could be ruled that an electrical malfunction caused the fire in the 1969 Buick, authorities said.

The tragedy occurred in the parking lot of an Anaheim apartment complex where Romero's wife, Christina, had run inside to pick up a rental application, leaving her three children in the car with her friend Gloria Codero.

Within minutes, the car was engulfed in flames. Codero pulled two of the children to safety, but 11-month-old Cassandra Romero died in her car seat.

Authorities are still seeking the cause of the fire.

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