BROOKLYN - Daniel Ignacio has been convicted of arson, five counts of murder and multiple assault charges in a 2010 Bensonhurst fire that killed five people.
Ignacio was accused of setting fire to a baby carriage that was found in the vestibule area of the apartment at 2033 86th St., where he lived on the second floor. The fire quickly spread, trapping and killing five Guatemalan immigrants.
Prosecutors said the two men who owned the building, Vasilios Gerazounis and his son Argyrios, share the blame in the deaths due to illegal subdivisions that created a death trap. The landlords were indicted on manslaughter charges and each face up to 25 years in prison. Their case is awaiting trial, and their next court date is March 22.
Ignacio faces 25 years to life in prison when he is sentenced on April 4.