LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Two people have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and other felonies in the deadly Alpine Motel Fire from last year. A total of six people were killed during the blaze on Dec. 21, 2019.
On Thursday, the District Attorney filed a criminal complaint against the owner of the Alpine Motel, Adolfo Orozco-Garcia, and Malinda Mier, who’s an associate of Orozco-Garcia.
According to the DA’s office, Mier claimed partial ownership of the motel, and she was the person, other than Orozco-Garcia, most responsible for their role in the fire that killed six people on Dec. 21, 2019.
Orozco-Garcia and Mier are each charged with six counts of Involuntary Manslaughter (a felony with the potential of one to four years in prison, per count) and 15 counts of Performance of an Act or Neglect of Duty in Disregard of Safety Resulting in Substantial Bodily Harm or Death (a felony with the potential of one to five years in prison, per count).
Additionally, Orozco-Garcia is charged with four counts of Preventing or Dissuading Witness or Victim from Reporting Crime or Commencing Prosecution with Use of a Deadly Weapon (a felony with the potential of one to four years in prison, per count). All Wolfson would say is that he used a gun to intimate a witness.
The complaint outlines the defendants’ intentional neglect and disregard for the safety of the tenants living at the Alpine Motel, which contributed to the deaths of the six victims. The main violations uncovered during the investigation were inoperable exits and fire doors, inoperable fire alarms, and inoperable heating systems within various apartments, which caused tenants to use their stove or oven to heat their living space.
“If these defendants had responsibly maintained the property, these six victims would be alive today” said Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson. “Their intentional disregard for the proper maintenance of fire alarms, fire exits and the heating system for the units directly contributed to the tragedy we saw on December 21, 2019. They had a responsibility to provide a safe environment for these people, and they failed to do that.”
Wolfson hopes this will bring closure to victims and their families. He says he is working to set a precedent for the future.
“I want justice in this case, whatever that is,” the DA said. “So, I want the families of the victims and the surviving victims to know that we are bringing this case forward so that the victims can have their day in court, so that hopefully, justice will be served.”
As a result of the filing of this criminal complaint, arrest warrants have been issued for Orozco-Garcia and Mier.
We also asked Wolfson why it took so long to bring these charges. He said it was a very important, complicated case, and his team took its time to be thorough.