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July 19, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A prosecutor read a roll call of 87 names as he opened his case in the arson-mass murder trial of the man who set fire to the Happy Land social club in the Bronx in 1990. Julio Gonzalez' court-appointed attorney admitted that his client set the fire, but he said that Gonzalez was not responsible because he was insane. Gonzalez, 37, a Cuban refugee, was charged with 174 counts of murder--two counts for each victim on charges of depraved indifference and felony murder.
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May 7, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A leaseholder of the Bronx building that housed the Happy Land social club, where an arsonist killed 87 people, agreed to a plea bargain. Jay Weiss pleaded guilty to owning a building that did not have the proper permit or sprinkler system. Weiss, husband of actress Kathleen Turner, agreed to pay $60,000 to be used for a Bronx community service center that serves Hondurans and to perform 50 hours of community service. Many of the victims were Honduran immigrants.
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NEWS
September 20, 1991 | From Associated Press
The man who set a fire that killed 87 people at a social club received the maximum sentence Thursday of 25 years to life in prison. Before issuing the sentence, Chief Judge Burton Roberts of the trial-level Bronx State Supreme Court said so many people had died that "it becomes sort of distant. We can't recognize the horrendous tragedy." Julio Gonzalez, 37, was convicted of 174 counts of murder--two counts for each death.
NEWS
September 20, 1991 | From Associated Press
The man who set a fire that killed 87 people at a social club received the maximum sentence Thursday of 25 years to life in prison. Before issuing the sentence, Chief Judge Burton Roberts of the trial-level Bronx State Supreme Court said so many people had died that "it becomes sort of distant. We can't recognize the horrendous tragedy." Julio Gonzalez, 37, was convicted of 174 counts of murder--two counts for each death.
NEWS
April 12, 1990 | Associated Press
The man accused of starting a nightclub fire that killed 87 people in the deadliest U.S. blaze in 13 years pleaded innocent Wednesday to 174 murder charges and other counts. Julio Gonzalez, guarded by four marshals and speaking through a Spanish translator, mumbled "no culpable" when asked how he pleaded to the charges during his arraignment in the Bronx.
NEWS
March 26, 1990 | DAVID TREADWELL and JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A fast-moving fire swept through the Happy Land social club in the Bronx early Sunday, turning a night of dancing into a night of death. Eighty-seven people perished. By late in the afternoon, police had arrested a 36-year-old man and charged him with multiple counts of arson and murder. The suspect, Julio Gonzalez, had allegedly fought with his ex-girlfriend, a club employee, before the blaze.
NEWS
March 29, 1990 | From Associated Press
Hundreds of mourners, many weeping, others calling for revenge, offered their prayers at a funeral home Wednesday for 17 victims of the city's deadliest fire in 79 years. Officials, meanwhile, began preparations for a grim airlift of the dead to their Honduran homeland. The Red Cross has asked the New York National Guard to help transport the bodies, an aide to Gov. Mario M. Cuomo said. A funeral Mass at St.
NEWS
August 17, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jurors began deliberations in the Happy Land Social Club murder trial, in which they must decide if the defendant was legally sane when he set the fire that killed 87 people at the illegal club in the Bronx. The jury received the case of Julio Gonzalez after a lengthy legal instruction from the trial judge, Burton Roberts. Relatives of the fire victims cried while Roberts read the names of all 87 aloud.
NEWS
February 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
Criminal charges of code violations were filed against the owner and leaseholder of the building that housed the Happy Land Social Club, where an arson fire killed 87 people last March, the city announced Friday. Corporation Counsel Victor Kovner, the city's chief lawyer, said charges were levied against Alex DiLorenzo III, owner of the South Bronx building, and Jay Weiss, who leased the space and rented it to the club.
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March 31, 1990 | Associated Press
The man accused of torching an illegal Bronx social club was indicted on 178 counts of murder, arson and other charges Friday in connection with the blaze that killed 87 people. A state grand jury indicted Julio Gonzalez on one count of second-degree murder and one count of murder in the commission of a felony for each person killed early last Sunday inside the Happy Land social club. Gonzalez was also indicted on two counts of arson and single counts of attempted murder and assault.
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August 20, 1991 | From Associated Press
A jury convicted a Cuban immigrant of murder Monday for setting a fire that killed 87 people at the illegal Happy Land social club. Relatives of the victims wept as the jury foreman repeated the word "guilty" 176 times, covering two counts of murder for each victim plus charges of arson and assault. Julio Gonzalez, 37, started the blaze on March 25, 1990, by igniting a dollar's worth of gasoline at the club's only exit after a fight with a former girlfriend.
NEWS
August 17, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Jurors began deliberations in the Happy Land Social Club murder trial, in which they must decide if the defendant was legally sane when he set the fire that killed 87 people at the illegal club in the Bronx. The jury received the case of Julio Gonzalez after a lengthy legal instruction from the trial judge, Burton Roberts. Relatives of the fire victims cried while Roberts read the names of all 87 aloud.
NEWS
March 26, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
A $5-billion lawsuit was filed Monday on the first anniversary of the Happy Land Social Club fire that killed 87 people, said a city agency that is among those filing the suit. At a memorial service later, residents of the impoverished Bronx neighborhood listened at St. Thomas Aquinas Church as Mayor David N. Dinkins recalled the horror of seeing the bodies hours after the March 25, 1990, fire. Dinkins told the mourners the he "will never forget that devastating sight . . .
NEWS
February 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
Criminal charges of code violations were filed against the owner and leaseholder of the building that housed the Happy Land Social Club, where an arson fire killed 87 people last March, the city announced Friday. Corporation Counsel Victor Kovner, the city's chief lawyer, said charges were levied against Alex DiLorenzo III, owner of the South Bronx building, and Jay Weiss, who leased the space and rented it to the club.
NEWS
April 12, 1990 | Associated Press
The man accused of starting a nightclub fire that killed 87 people in the deadliest U.S. blaze in 13 years pleaded innocent Wednesday to 174 murder charges and other counts. Julio Gonzalez, guarded by four marshals and speaking through a Spanish translator, mumbled "no culpable" when asked how he pleaded to the charges during his arraignment in the Bronx.
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April 1, 1990 | from Associated Press
The bodies of 50 of the 87 people killed in a Bronx social club fire were loaded onto a cargo plane at Kennedy Airport on Saturday for a late-night flight to Honduras, a nation in mourning. At a brief memorial service in the hangar to which the coffins had come, some in hearses, others stacked on flatbed trucks, Deputy Mayor Bill Lynch said New York would "do all possible to make sure this will never happen again."
NEWS
August 20, 1991 | From Associated Press
A jury convicted a Cuban immigrant of murder Monday for setting a fire that killed 87 people at the illegal Happy Land social club. Relatives of the victims wept as the jury foreman repeated the word "guilty" 176 times, covering two counts of murder for each victim plus charges of arson and assault. Julio Gonzalez, 37, started the blaze on March 25, 1990, by igniting a dollar's worth of gasoline at the club's only exit after a fight with a former girlfriend.
NEWS
March 31, 1990 | Associated Press
The man accused of torching an illegal Bronx social club was indicted on 178 counts of murder, arson and other charges Friday in connection with the blaze that killed 87 people. A state grand jury indicted Julio Gonzalez on one count of second-degree murder and one count of murder in the commission of a felony for each person killed early last Sunday inside the Happy Land social club. Gonzalez was also indicted on two counts of arson and single counts of attempted murder and assault.
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