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Man who pleaded guilty to starting fatal fire dies in custody

A Nebraska man who had had pleaded guilty to first-degree arson and attempted first-degree assault has died in custody, according to the Douglas County Department of Corrections.
Saturday, January 15th 2022, 7:49 AM CST
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Carl Bohm
Carl Bohm

OMAHA, Neb. - A Nebraska man who had had pleaded guilty to first-degree arson and attempted first-degree assault in connection to a 2019 fire has died in custody, according to the Douglas County Department of Corrections.

Authorities say 68-year-old Carl Bohm had ongoing serious medical conditions and was hospitalized. Douglas County officials say Bohm's conditions deteriorated and he died Friday morning.

Bohm had been staring down a possibility of 70 years in prison for the fire that, according to a coroner's report, ultimately killed his wife, Janet Franks-Bohm. She spent more than two years in a hospital before dying in October of last year.

Bohm's daughter was also in the home at the time of the fire before escaping.

"The Department of Corrections extends our sincere condolences to Mr. Bohm's family and loved ones," the Douglas County Department of Corrections said in a statement Friday night.