The Colorado Court of Appeals rejected a defendant’s claim that he was improperly convicted of a crime of violence because fire does not meet the statutory definition of a deadly weapon.

Joshua Alan Strickler appealed his convictions for attempted first-degree extreme indifference murder, attempted first-degree arson, and attempted criminal mischief after a jury found him guilty of using a deadly weapon when setting his apartment on fire by leaving clothes burning on the stove and lighting a portable grill directly under the gas line, according to the case’s background outlined in appellate court records.

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