Great White Manager, Daniel Biechele, Released From Prison
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According to Eric Tucker from the Associated Press, the band manager whose pyrotechnics display sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003 walked out of prison Wednesday, free to return to his home state of Florida after serving less than half of his four-year sentence.
Daniel Biechele, 31, who tearfully apologized to victims' relatives before being sent to prison, kept quiet Wednesday as he left the state's minimum security prison. He got into his lawyer's car, ignoring questions from reporters across the street, and was driven away.
Biechele's lawyer, Thomas Briody, said in a statement that Biechele would not make any public statements "out of respect for those people most affected by the fire."
"He was a private citizen before this tragedy and he wishes to remain so," Briody said.
Briody has declined to discuss Biechele's future plans, but officials in Florida have confirmed that he would serve his parole there.
Biechele, the former tour manager for the 1980s rock group GREAT WHITE, pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter, admitting he did not have the required permit when he set off flashy pyrotechnics inside The Station nightclub in West Warwick on Feb. 20, 2003.
Co-owner of The Station nightclub, Michael Derderian, 46, went to prison in September 2006 was recently granted an early release from prison by the state parole board, but will not be freed until October 2009 after serving more than three years of his four-year sentence. Derderian became eligible for parole this month after completing one-third of his sentence, but faced an uphill battle to get released after discipline problems in prison and pleas to keep him behind bars.
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