- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 19, 2014

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A Pittsburgh man serving three life terms deserves a new trial in the death of three city firefighters, but the retrial will be delayed while prosecutors appeal the judge’s decision.

Allegheny County Judge Joseph Williams on Wednesday ruled 36-year-old Gregory Brown Jr. deserved the new trial because prosecutors didn’t reveal that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and firearms paid one witness a $5,000 reward.

That witness testified he wasn’t promised any money for his testimony, which Williams said could have been used to impeach his credibility had Brown’s defense known about the reward.

Brown was 17 when he allegedly set the Feb. 14, 1995 fire for the insurance money. Firefighters Thomas Brooks, Patricia Conroy and Marc Kolenda died in the blaze.

Brown’s mother was convicted of insurance fraud and sentenced to probation.

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