Missouri man to be sentenced for role in 2001 arson fire that killed teenage son


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ST. LOUIS — A Missouri man who authorities say schemed with this ex-wife to defraud insurers out of hundreds of thousands of dollars won't be sentenced until next month for his role in a 2001 blaze that killed the couple's teenage son.

Steven Kemper was to have been sentenced Wednesday in St. Louis. But a judge has delayed that until June 8 at the defense's request.

Kemper pleaded guilty in 2013 to one felony count of aiding and abetting the use of fire to commit mail fraud.

Investigators say the fire at the family's Florissant home killed 15-year-old Zachariah Kemper after he became trapped in the basement he shared with his mother while her mother, Kemper and his lover lived upstairs. All of the adults escaped unharmed.

Sandra Kay Bryant also awaits sentencing.

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