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Texas Man Who Blamed Hate Crime for Home Blaze That Killed 2 Indicted on Felony Arson Charge

via ABC13 Houston
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Mario Roberson, who claimed to be a victim of a hate crime when his rental home burned down, is now accused of setting the fire himself.

The fire killed two people and injured another.

Roberson has been charged with felony arson and could face up to 99 years in prison if convicted. (Trending: Olympic Gold Medalist Sentenced For Jan 6)

Prior to the fire, Roberson filed complaints of racial targeting, but these claims are still under investigation.

Roberson had reportedly complained that someone spray-painted “We don’t like your kind,” on his home.

Roberson also reported shots being fired at his house.

“People are being terrible because of the hatred in their heart,” Roberson told reporters.

Roberson blamed “racism, power, hungriness, [and] money” for the attack.

“Look, I feel like this, worn down, torn down,” reflected Roberson.

Investigators have uncovered a history of financial lawsuits against Roberson, and the injured survivor of the fire mentioned insurance fraud.

Roberson owed over $26,000 in back taxes on the home, and the county had rendered a decree of sale for the unpaid taxes.

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