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UK couple face jail for killing 6 children in fire

A British couple are facing long jail terms when they

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LONDON (AP) - A British couple are facing long jail terms when they're sentenced today for starting a fire that killed six of their children, in what prosecutors say was an attention-grabbing stunt gone tragically wrong.

Mick and Mairead Philpott were convicted of manslaughter for the May 2012 fire in Derby, central England.

The deaths of the children, aged 5 to 13, and the twisting saga that ensued have horrified and fascinated Britain.

Prosecutors say the couple hatched a plan to start the gasoline-fueled fire and then rescue the children, pinning blame on Mick Philpott's former mistress.

The trial exposed details of an unorthodox life in which Mick Philpott - who had 17 children with five women - lived with both his wife and girlfriend in a small house.


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