BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — A man has been convicted of several assault charges in a disturbance in which he doused his girlfriend’s two teenage daughters with gasoline and threatened to set them on fire.
The Enterprise of Brockton reports a jury found 48-year-old William Rearick of Pembroke guilty on Friday. His bail was revoked until his sentencing Wednesday.
Prosecutors said Rearick terrorized the girls, age 14 and 17, along with their mother, on Jan. 9. 2013. Police said he poured gasoline throughout the house, opened a propane tank and also threatened to kill himself with a lighter.
One of the girls managed to break away and call 911, and the other struggled to take the lighter away.
Rearick, who is hearing impaired, was arrested when another family member arrived and was able to calm him using sign language.
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