Julia La Roche
June 29, 2012
A former Wall Street trader and Yale-educated attorney, who was convicted of arson yesterday for burning down his Phoenix mansion, appeared to pop a pill after hearing the guilty verdict in court and died minutes later, according to Fox 10 News in Phoenix via New York Daily News.
Michael James Marin, who once reached the summit of Mount Everest, was convicted in Maricopa County Superior Court “of arson of an occupied structure” after setting his $3.5 million Biltmore Estates mansion on fire because he could no longer pay his $17,500 monthly mortgage, according to media reports.
At the time, he was reportedly found outside the home wearing a SCUBA gear after escaping from the second-floor.