McComsey pleaded guilty to negligent homicide

Posted at: 11/15/2012 1:13 PM
Updated at: 11/15/2012 6:38 PM
By: WNYT Staff

FORT EDWARD - For months, Steven McComsey denied that he had anything to do with the explosion that killed six people.

But here he was today, pleading guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

Prosecutors say McComsey released propane gas into his Salem home in the minutes before the explosion as a way to get back at the landlord who was evicting him.

“There's no doubt in my mind that he was leaking gas to get even with the landlord and he ended up killing six people and it'll hopefully give some solace to the families," said Kevin Kortright

   Many of the families were in court Thursday as the 34-year-old McComsey pled to a reduced charge. He was facing six counts of manslaughter.

  He entered a so-called Alford plea which allows him to plead guilty, but doesn't require him to admit what he did.

 “You had to have done something...if you really had nothing to do with it," said Linda Porlier

   The D.A.credits police for the conviction, saying they had a very difficult case. No confession, no surviving witnesses and very little evidence that wasn't destroyed in the blast.

   Judge Kelly McKeighan will sentence McComsey to one to three years in state prison. Not enough say the parents of victim Robert Sanford, who was just 16 when he was killed.

Steven McComsey will be sentenced December 13th.