PG&E pleads guilty to manslaughter charges from 2018 fire

Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, sheriff’s deputies recover the body of a Camp Fire victim in Paradise, Calif. Pacific Gas & Electric said Monday, March 23, 2020, it will plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the 2018 fire in Northern California that killed 84 people and decimated three towns. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)

Pacific Gas & Electric on Monday agreed to plead guilty to 84 counts of involuntary manslaughter stemming from a massive 2018 wildfire started by equipment in the utility’s aging electrical grid.

The fire devastated three towns in Northern California and drove PG&E to seek bankruptcy protection.

The plea agreement resolves charges under a previously sealed indictment in the second case this decade in which the company’s neglectful actions have been deemed criminal.

The company is already serving a five-year criminal probation over six felony counts of falsifying records and other safety violations linked to a natural gas explosion that killed eight people in San Bruno, California.

AP
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