McComsey to be sentenced Thursday in 2011 house explosion

Posted at: 12/13/2012 11:51 AM
Updated at: 12/13/2012 12:24 PM
By: WNYT Staff

FORT EDWARD - It's sentencing day for Steven McComsey, the man who caused a house explosion that killed six people in July of 2011.

McComsey pled guilty last month to criminally negligent homicide in the explosion that killed his girlfriend and five others.

For months, Steven McComsey denied that he had anything to do with the explosion.

And technically, he still denies it. Under a so-called Alford Plea, McComsey pled guilty but didn't admit to tampering with the propane tanks in the minutes before the blast.

As part of a negotiated deal, the 34-year-old McComsey pled to the reduced charge.  He was facing six counts of manslaughter.

Prosecutors contend he released the gas from the tank as a way to get even with his landlord who was evicting him.

Surviving family members will be in court this afternoon to offer what's referred to as victim impact statements.

Before the judge sentences McComsey, he will be given an opportunity to speak.