Band manager released from jail after serving time for part in nightclub fire

The band manager whose pyrotechnics display sparked a nightclub fire that killed 100 people in 2003 was freed from prison Wednesday after serving less than half of his four-year sentence. Daniel Biechele, 31, walked from the front door of Rhode Island’s minimum security prison into his lawyer’s car at midday and was driven away. He did not respond to questions as he got into the vehicle. His attorney, 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 future plans for Biechele, who married just before reporting to prison. But a spokeswoman for the Florida Department of Corrections has said Biechele will be assigned a parole officer and will live in Casselberry, Fla., outside Orlando. Biechele, the former tour manager for the 1980s rock band Great White, pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter for his part in the fire at The Station nightclub in West Warwick. Sparks from the pyrotechnics display at the start of Great White’s set on the night of Feb. 20, 2003, ignited flammable foam that lined the walls and ceiling of the one-story wooden roadhouse. The flames sent out toxic black smoke and created temperatures so high that most of the dead were killed within minutes. Panicked concertgoers became trapped at the front door. More than… [Read full story]

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