Northampton man pleads guilty in fatal arson spree
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A Northampton man charged
with setting a series of fires in the city including one that killed an
elderly man and his adult son has pleaded guilty to arson and
manslaughter charges mid-trial.
Anthony Baye pleaded guilty Monday in Hampden Superior Court, as the second day of testimony in his trial was getting started.
He had been charged with murder for the December
2009 deaths of 81-year-old World War II veteran Paul Yeskie Sr. and his
son, 39-year-old Paul Yeskie Jr., but pleaded guilty to the lesser
charges of manslaughter for each death.
The 28-year-old Baye is scheduled to be sentenced
Wednesday. The prosecution is recommending 19 to 20 years in prison on
each manslaughter conviction.
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