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January 6, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A German architect pleaded no contest to involuntary manslaughter Friday in the death of a Los Angeles firefighter crushed in the collapse of a ceiling during a fire at a luxury home the architect designed and built in the Hollywood Hills.
Gerhard Albert Becker, 49, was sentenced to three years of probation and a year in county jail. However, a prosecutor said Becker will serve only about four months in custody with credit for time served.
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