Man connected to Salem house explosion sentenced

FORT EDWARD, N.Y. – The man accused of tampering with a propane line before the Salem house explosion that killed six people, faced sentencing Thursday in Washington County Court.

34-year-old Steven McComsey was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to Criminally Negligent Homicide. He had been facing six counts of second-degree manslaughter.

The explosion destroyed McComsey's Salem home in July 2011, killing his girlfriend, the girlfriend's son and 2-month-old granddaughter, the baby's father, McComsey's nephew and a woman visitor.

There were 11 people total, including McComsey, in the house at the time of the explosion. He was arrested more than one year after the explosion.

Linda Porlier took the stand, reading a victim impact statement detailing the immeasurable pain she feels each and every day from the loss of her 19-year-old daughter Clarissa.

Mccomsey chose not to speak before the judge read his sentence.

Under the terms of the deal with Washington County prosecutors, McComsey did not admit wrongdoing, but acknowledged strong evidence that he acted recklessly. Authorities say he tampered with a propane line that caused the explosion.


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